Books on Books #15.
Photographs by Nobuyoshi Araki.
136 pp., 85 color illustrations, 9½x7".
Nobuyoshi Araki’s “Shokuji” (The Banquet) is a tribute to his late wife Yoko through a ‘photo-diary’ of the food they shared together in the last months of her life. Resembling commercial food pictures that Araki had been making with a ring flash and a macro lens and combined with black-and-white images he photographed at home after doctors told Araki that his wife had only a month left to live. Books on Books #15 presents Araki’s deeply personal diary of loss in its entirety along with an essay by Ivan Vartanian.