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The Inspiration of Nobuyoshi Araki

Published August 9th, 2011

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 Yōko Araki (荒木陽子). After they were married, Araki published a book of pictures of his wife taken during their honeymoon titled Sentimental Journey. She died in 1990. Pictures taken during her last days were published in a book titled Winter Journey. Having published over 350 books by 2005,[1] and still more every year, Araki is considered one of the most prolific artists alive or dead in Japan and around the world. Many of his photographs are erotic; some have been called pornographic. Among his photography books are Sentimental Journey (1971, but later reissued), Tokyo Lucky Hole (1985), and Shino.[vague]

He also contributed photography to the Sunrise anime series "Brain Powerd".

In 1981, Araki directed High School Girl Fake Diary (女高生偽日記 Jokōsei nise nikki) a Roman Porno film for Nikkatsu studio. The film proved to ...

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The Inspiration of Daido Moriyama

Published August 9th, 2011

Daidō Moriyama (森山 大道 Moriyama Daidō, born October 10, 1938) is a Japanese photographer noted for his images depicting the breakdown of traditional values in post-war Japan.

Life and career

Born in Ikeda, Osaka, Daidō Moriyama studied photography under Takeji Iwamiya before moving to Tokyo in 1961 to work as an assistant to Eikoh Hosoe. He produced a collection of photographs, Nippon gekijō shashinchō, which showed the darker sides of urban life and the less-seen parts of cities. In them, he attempted to show how life in certain areas was being left behind the other industrialised parts.

Though not exclusively, Moriyama predominantly takes high contrast, grainy, black and white photographs within the Shinjuku area of Tokyo, often shot from odd angles.

Moriyama's photography has been influenced by Seiryū Inoue, Shōmei Tōmatsu, William Klein, Andy Warhol,[2] Eikoh Hosoe, the Japanese writer Yukio Mishima and Jack Kerouac's On the Road.[3]

Moriyama has written a memoir titled Memo ...

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