Nobuyoshi Araki - It Was Once A Paradise

Arguably Japan’s greatest living photographer and the author of over 425 books to date, Nobuyoshi Araki (born 1940) is internationally known for his erotic images of tied-up, beautiful nude women.

It Was Once a Paradise presents Araki’s most recent photographic series, 40 diptychs that offer a meditation on sex and grief. Each diptych couples a new color photograph of a semi-nude woman in bondage with a black-and-white still life from his personal diary, a somber image taken on his Tokyo balcony: the site of his former private paradise haunted by his deceased wife Yoko and his cat Chiro.

Nostalgic ruins contrast with erotic hope, forming a contrast that is echoed in the packaging of the book, which has been designed to be read in either direction, and comes in two different dust jackets.

  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Reflex Editions (August 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9071848124
  • ISBN-13: 978-9071848124
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.8 x 13.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
€60,00 Incl. tax