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Nobuyoshi Araki, a noted photographer and filmmaker, was born in 1940 in Tokyo. He went to Tokyo’s Chiba University to study Filmmaking and Photography. His thesis was the 30-minute film “Children Living in Apartments,” from which a still photo was obtained. Later on, it became the soul of his portrait named “Satchin,” for which he won the Sun Magazine’s photo contest.
In 1963, he entered the Dentsu Advertising Company, where shot commercial portraits and images of the employees. The following year, his images have landed on the pages of the Japan Camera and Camera Art Magazines.
Midway through the 1970’s, Araki took part in the foundation of the Photo Workshop School with the help of his contemporaries Daido Moriyama, Eikoe Hosoe, Shomei Tomatsu, Mosohiso Fukase and Noriaki Yokosuka. Unfortunately the school closed two years later.
In the beginning of the 1970’s he made a shocking compilation of female genitalia in the exhibit “Manifesto 2: The Shocking Truth about Carmen Marie.” He continued to show erotic images in different art galleries until 1979. He even published the pictures of his honeymoon with his wife Yoko Aoki. Sadly, his wife Yoko passed at the age of 42 in 1990. His snapshot of his late wife won him the Photographic Society of Japan Award.