Tokyo Lucky Hole. 1983-1985 Shinjuku Kabuki-cho District. Photographs by Nobuyoshi Araki. Ohta Shuppan, Tokyo, 1990. 272 pp. First printing. Small quarto. Stiff wrappers with illustrated jacket. Printed obi [belly band]. Numerous black-and-white reproductions. |
"One of Araki's best-known and most controversial books," according to Parr and Badger writing in The Photobook: A History, vol. I. "As usual, Araki's view is that of the voracious photographer who cannot stop clicking, even when participating in the 'action himself...Even more than in his other books, he is gleefully unrestrained, the perpetual tumescent adolescent, a kid in a candy store."
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Senti-Roman. Photographs by Nobuyoshi Araki. Shueisha, Tokyo, 1981). 160 pp. First Edition. Stiff wrappers with dust jacket. Origninal printed belly band. Numerous black-and-white reproductions. Text in Japanese.
Fine/Fine with Fine obi.
A vivid example Araki's highly subjective approach, which he dubbed "I-photography" or "I-novel". One of the most prolific of all photographers (the catalogue raisonée of his work runs to 20 volumes!), his books from before 1990 are most coveted.