A powerful retrospective of Nobuyoshi Araki’s works is currently on view at Musée Guimet. Titled Araki, the show retraces the entirety of artist’s career with over 400 photographs drawn from thousands of photographs taken by him between 1965 and 2016.
“My photos are my diary. Every photo is no more than the representation of a single day. And each day contains the past and the projection into the future. That’s why I feel compelled to indicate the date on every picture I take.” – Araki
PHOTOGRAPHY AS A DIARY
The show starts with an exploration of Araki’s numerous photo books – an attestation to his incessant creative energy as an artist and his diarist approach to photography. His relentless documentation of the daily and the monotonous has often led to his work being classified as a photographic shi-shosetsu (I-novel, a 20th-century genre of Japanese literature where the author narrates his life in first person). Even Araki described shi-shosetsu as ‘the closest thing to photography’.