Nobuyoshi Araki “67 Shooting Back”
Dates: May 25 – Jun 23, 2007
Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to announce our forthcoming solo exhibition with Nobuyoshi Araki, “67 Shooting Back”; this marks Araki’s 11TH exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will consist of a series of new color and B&W photographic works.
“Araki 67 years old, a counterattack of 6 x 7 cameras and film photographs against digital photography. A counterattack of a girl with muscular dystrophy, against ordinary girls. A counterattack of an ugly girl against a beautiful girl like an announcer. As for ‘Beauty’ spoken, this is like a fixed illusion that someone has developed.
After all, I want to take photographs of “real women,” lives full of faults and with a dirty side.
That’s why I have been taking such women for a long time.” Nobuyoshi Araki
When Araki says “All women are beautiful,” it is not a metaphor but in fact, he took many photographs of the aura of dying flowers and married middle-aged women. All of these photographs remain etched in his emotions towards the subject; however, he does not just stay in love with the subject. As he says, “I took many censorable photographs I cannot include in publications. But I think the crazier, the better.” He expresses his rebel spirit as an artist.
This exhibition, which is held on the occasion of artist’s 67th birthday, consists of 100 photographs including the debut of older works and Araki’s newest photographs.