Araki: Tokyo Lucky Hole

Araki: Tokyo Lucky Hole

Finally back in print: Araki’s uncensored portrait of Tokyo’s “forbidden city”. This photobook offers a privileged view of Tokyo’s underworld by Japan’s greatest photographer, Nobuyoshi Araki.Between 1983 and 1985, when Tokyo’s sex industry was in full flower, Araki prowled Shinjuku, Tokyo’s famous red light district, taking pictures in the sex shops and clubs. His project came to an abrupt end when the district was closed by judicial decree in 1985. Araki’s photographs form a historical record of Shinjuku’s glory days and a portrait of a lesser-known side of Tokyo life.

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  1. I’m not sure about either statement. Garo Aida is possible better known, and there are many other photographers I like better (like Hiroyoshi Saiki).

  2. Very interesting indeed. Liked this piece:
    Are they art or porn, I ask him? “Each work definitely has a pornographic aspect,” he says. “Otherwise it would just be eroticism, which is clean, intellectual – and uninteresting. I’m upgrading them with a bit of dirt. We all like dirt.”

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