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Lived/Active: Japan      Known for: painting, photography

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Nobuyoshi Araki (1940-)

Born May 25, 1940 in Tokyo, he is a Japanese photographer and painter, best know for his erotic work.

Araki was born in Tokyo, studied photography during his college years and then went to work at the advertising agency Dentsu, where he met his future wife, the essayist Yoko Araki .  After they were married, Araki published a book of pictures of his wife taken during their honeymoon titled Sentimental Journey.  She later died in 1990.  Pictures taken during her last days were published in a book titled Winter Journey.

He has published over 350 books and is considered one of the most prolific artists alive or dead in Japan and around the world.  Some of his most popular photography books beside Sentimental Journey are Tokyo Lucky Hole, and Shino.  He also contributed photography to the Sunrise anime series Brain Powerd.

The Icelandic avant-garde musician Björk served as one of his models. At her request he photographed the cover and inner sleeve pages of her 1997 remix album, Telegram.  More recently, he has photographed pop singer Lady Gaga.  Araki's life and work were the subject of Travis Klose's 2005 documentary film Arakimentari.

His works are held in numerous museum collections including the Tate and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

After he was diagnosed with cancer, the main theme of his work changed to portraying the ability to give life (for example photos of naked woman with their newborn children) and he said he began to take photographs of flowers, which shall be presented at his funeral instead of real flowers.

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