Nobuyoshi Araki. The beauty of decay

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The Japanese photographer, now 75 years old, is known as one of the most controversial modern photographers for his provocative, sexual, even violent style and especially for his predilection for kinbaku, a Japanese type of bondage that makes use of ropes tied around the body in elaborate styles.

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But in the works of Araki, many of them aggressive or extremely arousing to the eye, one can feel the beauty of decay, the esthetics of the sadistic pleasure shown in a neutral manner, without taking any sides, without judging or justifying the act.

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Somehow, in a very subtle way, Araki’s lens transforms a violent scene, a sad moment in time, pure suffering or even the most arousing of images into a striking work of art, one that has something of the fragility and the hidden wisdom found in the traditional Japanese paintings.

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Photo credits: Nobuyoshi Araki

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