"Nobuyoshi ARAKI has achieved world-wide acclaim for his photography, which he began creating in the 1960s. He is known for the great variety of themes and techniques he employs in his work, and for his drive to create, which has resulted in his publishing over 500 photobooks to date—a drive that continues unabated today.
This exhibition catalogue focuses on one theme from his vast oeuvre, his wife Yoko. As ARAKI himself has said, “It’s thanks to Yoko that I became a photographer.” From their meeting in 1968 until her death in 1990, Yoko was his most important subject.
She has continued to be a major influence on his photography even after her death. In this catalogue, we explore his relationship with the subject he treasured so much and reflect on the 'I-Photograph' that is the essence of ARAKI’s work through his photographs of Yoko and his many works that give a strong sense of her presence.
The exhibition title, 'Sentimental Journey 1971– 2017' refers to ARAKI Nobuyoshi’s 'I-Photographs,' beginning with his self publication of 'Sentimental Journey' as a photobook in 1971, and to his life-long journey as a photographer.
Texts inside by: Gozo YOSHIMASU (poes), Juergen TELLER (Photographer), Seiichi FURUYA (Photographer), Miyako ISHIUCHI (Photographer), Daido MORIYAMA (Photographer), Toshiharu ITO (Professor, Department of Inter-Media Art, Tokyo University of the Arts), Filippo MAGGIA (Director, Head of Projects at Fondazione Fotografica Modena), Michio KASAHARA (Tokyo Photographic Art Museum), Hiromi KITAZAWA (Curator)." (publisher's note)
"Published with an exhibition at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, this profoundly poignant collection of photographs by Nobuyoshi ARAKI focuses on a single theme from his vast oeuvre: his wife Yoko. As ARAKI himself has said, “It’s thanks to Yoko that I became a photographer”.
From their first encounter in 1968 until her premature death from ovarian cancer in 1990, Yoko was his most important subject and muse.
The book 'Sentmental Journey 1971-2017' explores ARAKI’s relationship with the woman he most treasured, beginning with his record of their honeymoon, and continuing with numerous photos in which she is the subject, as well as many others from after her passing that give a strong sense of her presence." (publisher's note)
"Veröffentlicht anlässlich einer Ausstellung im Tokyoter Photographic Art Museum, konzentriert sich diese tiefgreifende Sammlung von Fotografien von Nobuyoshi ARAKI auf ein einziges Thema aus seinem riesigen Oeuvre: seine Frau Yoko. - Wie ARAKI selbst gesagt hat: 'Ich wurde Dank Yoko ein Fotograf'.
Von ihrer ersten Begegnung im Jahr 1968 bis zu ihrem vorzeitigen Tod an Eierstockk-Kebs im Jahr 1990 war Yoko wichtigstes Thema und Muse zugleich.
Das Buch 'Sentmental Journey 1971-2017' erforscht die Beziehung ARAKI szu der Frau, die er am meisten geschätzt hat, beginnend mit seinen Aufnahmen ihrer Flitterwochen und fortgesetzt in zahlreichen Fotos, in denen sie das Thema ist, sowie viele andere nach ihrem Tod, die ein starkes Gefühl ihrer Anwesenheit vermitteln." (frei übersetzter Verlagstext)