Nobuyoshi Araki à la Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain. Hors-série 1 de Contrejour Photographies

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Copublication Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris / Éditions Contrejour, Paris

French version only

Softback, 22 × 28.5 cm, 63 pages, 56 black-and-white reproductions

Text by Gabriel Bauret
Interview with Nobuyoshi Araki

ISBN: 978-2-85949-181-3

Publication: April 1995

About the publication

In 1995, Nobuyoshi Araki exhibited a series of 200 black-and-white photographs at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, each one dated. Journal intime, 1994 was the artist’s first exhibition in France. Presented as a photographic diary, his spontaneous images of the sky, cats, or Tokyo featured alongside composed still lifes or portraits of young girls in suggestive settings and poses. Falling within the tradition of Japanese eroticism, these photographs circumvented and provoked the censorship laws that were established during the American occupation of Japan. Araki mixes love and death, scandal and banality with disconcerting ease.
To mark this exhibition, the Fondation Cartier joined forces with Éditions Contrejour to publish the first edition of the special “contemporary photographers” collection, providing an opportunity to look back at Araki’s work and unveil it from aesthetic, critical, and historical standpoints.