Nobuyoshi Araki

Nobuyoshi ARAKI

 2011 Honoree: Achievement in Fine Art


Nobuyoshi-ArakiPhotographer Nobuyoshi Araki was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1940. In 1964, Araki was awarded by Taiyo magazine for his photographic work “Satchin”, a series which served as the basis for his debut solo exhibition, “Satchin and his brother Mabo”, in 1965. From 1970, Araki began the self publication and distribution of a series of Xerox books and the following year published the landmark, “Sentimental Journey”, featuring intimate images of his wife Yoko from the couple’s honeymoon. From the latter part of the 1970’s onwards, Araki began the publication of then and still controversial nude photographs as well as his prolific writings. 1991’s “Sentimental journey – winter’s journey” (Shinchosha), yet another seminal book within the history of Japanese photography, documented a decisive turning point in Araki’s life and career, the illness and death of Yoko by cancer in 1990. From 1992 on, a series of domestic and international exhibitions served to familiarize a wider audience with Araki’s practice. A selection of these exhibitions includes the Vienna Secession, Vienna and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (both 1999), the Barbican Art Gallery, London (2005) and the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima (2009). Over the course of a career spanning 45 years, Araki has published over 350 books. In 2008, Araki was awarded the Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Arts.


2011 “Film Nostalgia”, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
2010 “Ai no Jikan”, Leica Ginza Salon, Tokyo
“Koki No Shashin : Photographs of A Seventy Year Old”, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
2009 “2THESKY, my Ender”, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
“The Faces of Japan” Project HIROSHIMA by Nobuyoshi Araki”, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
“69YK”, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
2008 “KOSHOKU PAINTING”, Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo
“Hana Kinbaku”, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
“B/W bondage”, Jablonka Galerie Berlin, Berlin
2007 “ARAKI GOLD”, l’Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica – Palazzo Fontana di Trevi, Roma
“67 Shooting Back”, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
2006 “TOKYO JINSEI”, Edo Tokyo Museum, Tokyo
“SHIKI IN ME”, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
“Nobuyoshi Araki “, Galeria Enrique Guerrero, Mexico D.F., Mexico
2005 Life Like – the World of Photography by Nobuyoshi Araki:
“Flowers by Araki”, epSITE, EPSON IMAGING GALLERY, Singapore
“Wanted: Dead and Alive – Works by the Genius Photo-maniac,
Nobuyoshi Araki”, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) Singapore
“NOBUYOSHI ARAKI: Self, Life, Death”, Art Galleries, Barbican Centre,
“Nobuyoshi Araki Tokyo Nude”, Yoshii Gallery, New York
“Kaori”, Reflex New Art Gallery, Amsterdam
2004 “From Winter to Spring”, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
“Painting Flower”, epSITE, EPSON IMAGING GALLERY, Tokyo
2003 “ARAKI BY ARAKI” Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
“Hana-Jinsei” Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
“Tokyo Still Life” Tampere Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
2002 “Nobuyoshi Araki” Jablonka Galerie, Köln
“Suicide in Tokyo” Italian Pavilion, Venice
“Shosetsu Seoul” Artium, Fukuoka
2001 “Tokyo Still Life” Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
“Pola”, Low, Los Angeles
“Shosetsu Seoul” Spiral Hall, Tokyo
“Shikijo kyo” Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
“Flower Shadow” Gallery Artgraph, Tokyo
2000 “Viaggio Sentimental” Centro Perl’arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy
“Arakinema: Kurumado” Pecci, Prato
“Polaevacy” Nadiff, Tokyo
“Nobuyoshi Araki” Low, Los Angeles
“Shashin Shijyo Shugi” Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
“Nobuyoshi Araki” Stedellik Museum voor Actuelle Kunst, Gent, Belgium
“Nobuyoshi Araki” Galerie Almine Rech, Paris
“Nobuyoshi Araki” Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris
“Nobuyoshi Araki” Damasquine Art Gallery, Bruxelle, Belgium
1999 “Arakinema: A’s Paradise” Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
“ARAKI Nobuyoshi Sentimental Photography, Sentimental Life” Museum of
Contemporary Art, Tokyo
“Nobuyoshi Araki” Scalo Art Space, New York
“RYUSEKI” Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
“ALive” Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Grand Gallery, Prague; Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich
“Araki Nobuyoshi” Il Tempo, Tokyo
“Winter Love” Toru Maeshima Gallery, Wakayama
1998 “Tokyo Shijyo” Diechtorhallen, Hamburg
“The Past= Photographs 1972-1973” Stadtisches Museum Leverkusen,
“Nobuyoshi Araki= Tokyo” Stadtisches Klinikum Fulda, Germany
“Portraits and Flowers” Photographers Gallery, London
“Tokyo Nostalsia” GaIleria Photology, Milan
“A’s Life” traveling to Toyama, Yokohama, Sapporo and Fukuoka
“Arakinema: Tokyo Comedy in Vienna, SpiraI Hall, Tokyo
“Arakinema: Taipei” Yomiuri Culture Salon Aoyama; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
“Arakinema: Erotic Woman in Color” Taipei, Taiwan; Bangkok, Thailand
“Cosmosco” Taka ishii Gallery
“Story portraits” Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
“A’s Paradise” Shinjuku Takashimaya Concourse (outdoor instaIIation) , Tokyo
1997 “A’s Life” Kachimai HaIl, Obihiro; Laforet Museum Harajuku Tokyo
“Nobuyoshi Araki” Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich
“Shikijyo” Scalo Book Store, Zurich
“Flower Rondo” J. M. Gallery, Tokyo
“Araki Retrographs” Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
“Arakinema: Retro-Ero” Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
“A World of GirIs” II Tempo, Tokyo
“Tokyo Comedy” Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria
“Arakinema: Love Secession” Wiener secession, Vienna, Austria
“Arakinema: Tokyo Paradise” Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria
“Arakinema: Vienna and Tokyo Paradise” Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
“Nobuyoshi Araki” Gallery Starmach, Krakow, Poland
“Nobuyoshi Araki” Studio Guenzani, Milan
1996 “Faces vs Bodies” SpiraI Garden, Tokyo
“Arakinema: Faces vs Bodies/ Spiral Hall, Tokyo
“Death Reality” Taka lshii Gallery Tokyo
“The Past 1972-1973” Stadtsparkasse. Muenster, Germany
“FIowers: Life and Death” Nishimura Gallery, Tokyo
“Tokyo Novel” Egg Gallery, Tokyo
“Shadows of Flowers/ Gallery Eve Tokyo
“Bokuju-kitan” Jablonka Galerie, Köln
“Arakinema: Novel Photography” Studio Mouris Roppongi, Tokyo
“Arakinema: Flower Rondo ll” Areana Hall, Tamagawa Takashimaya SC Tokyo
“Fake Love” Ginza Komatsu Tokyo
“The Face, The Dead” Pace Wildenstein and MacGill, Los Angeles
“A moment in Time” espace TAG Heuer, Tokyo
“From Close-range” BIum & Poe, Los Angeles
1995 “Erotos” Gallery lndex, Stockholm, Sweden; GalIery Bang, Oslo, Norway; Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria
“Akt-Tokyo: Nobuyoshi Araki 1971-1991” traveling to Zone Gallery, New Castle, England; Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich
“Araki Nobuyoshi” Torch, Amsterdam
“Journal intime” Fondation Cartier pour I’art contemporain, Paris
“The First Year of Heisei” Le Garage, Reims, France
“Nobuyoshi Araki: A-Diary/Sachin and His Brother Mabo”, Galerie Chantal
CrouseI, Paris
“Naked Novel” Egg Gallery, Tokyo
“Arakinema: Sentimental Journey/Winter Journey” Sogetsu Hall, Tokyo
“Satchin in Summer” Laforet Museum Harajuku Tokyo
“Arakinema: Passion in Okinawa” Ryubo Hall, Naha
“Pictures by A Virgin Boy, Daccho-kun” Space Link, Tokyo (drawings)
“Tokyo Novelle” Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
“Bokuju-kitan” Jablonka Galerie, Köln
“Nobuyoshi Araki: Diario lntimo” Encontros de Fotografia, Coimbra, Portugal
1994 “Akt-Tokyo: Nobuyoshi Araki 1971-1991” traveling to Museet for Fotokunst,
Odense, Denmark; Nordliga Fotocentret, Oulu Finland
“Private Photography” Yurakucho Asahi Gallery, Tokyo
“Sky” Gallery Eve, Tokyo
“Tokyo Nude/Private Diary” Luhring Augustine, New York
“Unconscious Tokyo : Tokyo Cube” White Cube, London
“Obscene Photographs” Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo
1993 “Akt-Tokyo: Nobuyoshi Araki 1971-1991” traveling to Galerie Museum, Bozen,
Italy; Kunsthal Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Fotomuseum im Munchener Standmuseum, Munich, Germany; Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria
“Fine Tokyo Days” Gallery Verita, Tokyo
“New World of Love” La Camera, Tokyo
“Erotos”Parco Gallery, Tokyo
1992 “Love interrogations: Tokyo Fax./Facks” Apt Gallery, Tokyo
“State of Things: A Thousand Photographs Exhibited Day by Day” P3 Art and
Environment, Tokyo
“Angel’s Festival” Parco Gallery, Tokyo
“Car Photographs” Egg Gallery, Tokyo
“Akt-Tokyo: Nobuyoshi Araki 1971-1991” Forum Stadtpark, Graz,
Austria;traveling to Galerie Fotohof, Mirabellpark, Salzburg, Austria
“Photo-maniac Diary” Egg Gallery, Tokyo
1991 “Winter Journey” Egg Gallery Tokyo
“A’s Nude Exhibition: Lovers” Apt Gallery, Tokyo
“In the Move: The sky where Butterflies Fliter Around” Egg Gallery Tokyo
“Arakinema: Springscapes” Cinema Rise Shibuya, Tokyo
“From Close-range” Hosomi Gallery, Tokyo
“Jeanne” Shinchosha Art Space; Heartland, Hamamatsu
“From Close-range: Yamorinskies like Flower and Nude”, Athens Gallery, Osaka
“Colorscapes” Seed Hall, Tokyo
1990 “Chiro, My Love” Ikebukuro Book Center Libro, Tokyo
“Skyscapes” Gallery Verita, Tokyo
“Foto Tanz” Shinjuku Konica Plaza, Tokyo
“Tokyo Lucky Hole” apt Gallery, Tokyo
“Towards Winter : Tokyo, A City Heading for Death” Egg Gallery Tokyo
1989 “Nobuyoshi Araki ’89: Selected Photographs” Gallery Kosai, Machida,
1987 “A Part of Love” Art Space Mirage, Tokyo
“Araki-s-m 1967-1987” Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo
“Puppet Prince” Spiral Hall, Tokyo
1986 “Shibuya Street” Doi Photo Plaza Shibuya, Tokyo
Slide show “Arakinema : Tokyo-Story” Cinema Rise, Tokyo
“A’s Erotomania Diary” Zito-Foto Salon
1984 “A Balthus Summer” Picture Photo Space, Osaka
“A World of Girls” Zeit-Foto Salon
1982 “I am Photography”,”Araki’s Storm of Love” Doi Photo PlazaShibuya, Tokyo
“The 3rd Arakism Maanifesto” Asahi Seimei Hall, Tokyo
1981 “The 2nd Arakism Manifesto” Yamaha Hall, Tokyo
1980 “The Arakism Manifesto” New York Theatre, Tokyo
“Wet dreams on midsummer Night and the Anniversary of the End of the War”, Kinokuniya Gallery, Tokyo
“Zigeunerweisen : Fictitious Truth” Kinokuniya Gallery, Tokyo
1979 “First Visit to New York” MINOLTA Photo Space, Tokyo
1978 “Actress: A Sentimental Ero-Roman” Horindo Art Space Tokyo
“Eizo: portraits of descendants” Camp, Tokyo
“My Scene : 1940-1977” Ginza Cannon Salon, Tokyo
1977 “Tokyo Blues” Ginza Nikon Salon, Tokyo
“This years Photos” Shirakaba Gallery, Tokyo
“Last years Photos” Shirakaba Gallery, Tokyo
1976 “Yoko, My Love” Ginza Nikon Salon Tokyo
“Private Tokyo ’76” Kinokuniya Gallery, Tokyo
1975 “Actress: Kisaki Sekimura” Minolta Photo Space, Tokyo
1974 “Actresses: with Photos, videos, and Films”, Gallery Matto Grosso, Tokyo
1973 “Pseudo-documentary: Photographs of Polluted by Silver-Halogen Compound : Chirring Cicadas in Chorus”, Kinokuniya Gallery Tokyo
“Flowers in Ruins” Shimizu Gallery, Tokyo
1970-76 “Kitchen-Ramen : Erotic-Realism” Kitchen-Ramen, Tokyo
1970 “Sur-sentimentalist Manifest No.2 : The Truth About Carmen Marie” Kunugi
Gallery, Tokyo
1967 “Ginza”,”Zoo” Mitsubishi Denki Gallery, Tokyo
1966 “Subway”,”Middle-aged Women” Mitsubishi Denki Gallery, Tokyo
1965 “Satchin and Mabo” Shinjuku Station Gallery, Tokyo


2011     Yokohama Triennale 2011 OUR MAGIC HOUR, Yokohama Museum of Art
2009 Nobuyoshi Araki and Katsura Funakoshi “An Image of Love Supreme”, TAKAHASHI

  1. “Asian Dub Photography”, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Italy

“Dark side”, Fotomuseum, Zurich
“the art of japan | past – present – future araki meets hokusai & kumi machida”,
kestnergesellschaft, Hannover
“ART IS FOR THE SPIRIT: Works from The UBS Art Collection”, MORI ART
“READ MY LIPS” (Curated by Dean Sameshima) Peres Projects Berlin, Berlin
2007 “EYES OF AN ISLAND, A survey of Japanese photography, 1945-2007”, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London
“Les Autres”, Ratio 3, San Francisco
¿Qué pasa con las flores?, Galeria Pepe Cobo, Madrid
2006 “A Lover’s Discourse” (Curated by Dean Sameshima) Peres Projects Los Angeles, Los Angeles
2005 “RISING SUN, MELTING MOON, Contemporary Art in Japan”, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
“ANOHI ANOTOKIO”, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo
“Children of the World: Witness for Tomorrow”, The Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo
“MORIYAMA・SHINJUKU・ARAKI”, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
“Daido MORIYAMA + Nobuyoshi ARAKI ‘Contact・Shinjuku・Trimming’”,
NADiff, Tokyo
2004 “IN BED Images from a Vital Stage”, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art
“Club Paradiso JAMMING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY” Kiyosato Museum of
Photographic Arts
“The 9. International Exhibition of Architecture METAMORPH”, Venice
“Flower as Image-From Monet to Jeff Koons”, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
“Rose c’est la vie: On Flowers in Contemporary Art”, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
“10 Year Anniversary Exhibition” Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
“Osaka・Art・Kaleidoscope”, Osaka Contemporary Art Center/Contemporary Art Space Osaka
“The Beauty of Darkness”, Reflex New Art Gallery, Amsterdam
“I, ASSASSIN”, Wallspace Gallery, New York
2003 “Happiness: a survival guide for art and life”, Mori Art Museum Opening Exhibition, Tokyo
2001 Valencia Biennale Valencia, Spain
2000 “Robert Mapplethorpe Polaroids 1971-74, New works by Nobuyoshi Araki and Saul Fletcher, Yayoi Kusama Walking Piece 1966” Gallery Asprey Jacques “GENDAI-Japanese Contemporary Art-Between the Body and Space” Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujadowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
1999 “SzenenwechseI XV” Museum fur Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
“Spiral TV” Spiral Garden (opening live show with Vanessa Beikloft), Tokyo “Miyajima, Araki, Sugimoto, Kusama” Studio Cosoll & Studio Guenzani, Milan
“Exposition de la collection de la Fondation Cartier” Centre culture de Belem, Lisbonne
“Collected Works Contemporary Art since 1968” Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
“Love and Desire” Galleria Photology, Milan
“Get together Art as Teamwork” Kunsthalle wien am Karsplatz, Austria
1998 “Filtre” Galerie Almine Rech, Paris
“Love in Winter”, Satani Gallery (with Boris Mihailov) Tokyo
“Araki vs Weegee” GaIIery Ham, Nagoya
“Researching for the Future Photography” epSITE, Epson lmaging Gallery Tokyo
“Hiroshige and Araki” Japonisme Muesum, Atami
“Sur-everyday-life: Japanese contemporary Art of Seven Artists” Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
“1998 Taipei Biennale: Site of Desire” Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
“Car Culture in photographs of 20th Century” Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato
“Nuit blanche” Musee d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, France; traveling to Norway, Finland and Sweeden
“Life Border Line: Strruth, Pernone, Hohenbuchier, Jacobs, Araki” Galerie Paul
Andriesse, Amsterdam
“Fuori Uso: 1998 Mostrato” Associazione CuIturale Arte Nova Pescara, Italy
“Photo Diary” Art Pavillion, Zagreb, Croatia
“Illusionary botanical Garden” Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Hiratsuka
“The Promise of Photography:  The DG Bank Collection” Hara Museum of
Contemporary Art, Tokyo
“Fetishes a Fetishism” Passage de Retz, Paris
“Life is a Bitch” De AppeI, Amsterdam
“The 24th. Sao Paulo Biennale” Brazil
“Under / Exposed” Tunnelbana Metro U bahn, Stockholm, Sweden
1997 “The Dead” Horsens Museum, Horsens, Denmark
“SensuaI Flowers” GaIIery Koyanagi (coIlaboration with Yukio Nakagawa), Tokyo
“Nobuyoshi Araki,Diane Arbus,Nan Goldin” Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
“Lust and Leere (Desire and Void)” Kunsthalle Mien, Vienna, Austria; Arken
Museum for Moderne Kunst, Copenhargen, Denmark; Kunsthalle zu KieI, Kiel, Germany
“The 10th InternationaI Biennale of the Image” Nancy center culturel, Andre Malraux Vandceuvre, Nancy, France
“Amours” Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
“Du construit du paysage” Centre Regional d’art contemporain, Site, France
“Nobuyoshi Araki and Larry Clark” Taka lshii Gallery, Tokyo
“Sasame Hiroyuki, c/o Hara, 2nd Floor, 4-3-3 Kita-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku” Art
Tower Mito, Mito
“Shashin (Photos)” Kobe Fashion Museum, Kobe; Shinjuku Mitsukoshi Museum, Tokyo; Fukuoka PrefecturaI Museum of Art, Fukuoka
“Floating lmages of Women in Art History=From the Birth of Feminism towards the Reconstruction of Gender” Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Art, Utsunomiya
“Special Arakinema: Nobuyoshi Araki vs Daido Moriyama” Yomiuri culture Salon Aoyama (Arakinema showing, with Daido Moriyama), Tokyo
“EIvis + Marilyn: 2 x lnmoraI” Sogo Museum, Yokohama
“Cities on the Move” Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria; Musee d’art
contemporain de Bordeaux, France; PS-1, New York.;
Louisiana Museum Of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Hayward Gallery,
“The 33rd Artists Today: City Landscapes and Unity in the Plurality” Yokohama Civic Art Gallery, Yokohama
1996 “Kingdom of Flora” Shoeshine Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, U.S.A.
“Prospect ’96” Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main
“Sex and Crime” SprengeI Museum, Hannover
“Nobuyoshi Araki, Thomas Struth, Christopher Williams, Larry Clark”, Kunsthalle BaseI
“A Girl Floating in the Cosmos” Kochi Prefectural Museum HaIl, Kochi
(collaboration with Gozo Yoshimasu, Marilia, and Kazutoki Umezu)
“Szenenwechsel X” Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
“Shiro Kuramata 1934-199l” Hara Museum of Contemporary Art , Tokyo
“Araki and Ten Contemorary Tanka Poets” Gallery Eve, Tokyo
“Nobuyoshi Araki and Mkhiko Kon” Center for Photographic Art, Camel, U.S.A.
“lmages of Women in Japanese Contemporary Art 1930-1990” Shoto Museum, Tokyo
1995 “My Kind of Town” Guardian Garden, Tokyo
“The Flowers from the Other World” Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, (with painter Erik Andriesse)
“Art in Japan Today 1985-1995” Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
“Ginzabout” The Ginza Art Space Tokyo
“Texture and Touch: Contemporary Photography from Japan” The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sidney
“Vision of Hope and Despair” Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
“the 6th Biennale lnternazionale de Fotografia: Trame inquiette (Agli Ordini del Cibo),’Todi Palazzo De- Arte, Perugia, Italy; Promotrice delle BelIe Arts, Trino, ltaly
“The Act of Seeing (Urban Space), Taking a Distance” Fondation pour
I’Architecture, Bruxelles, Belgium
“The Dead” National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford, England
“Works by 25 Photographers in Thief 20s” Kiyosato Museum of
Photographic Arts, Kiyosato
“Sites of Being” ICA Boston
“26th ArIes International Photo FestivaI (Des Rencontres lnternationales de la Photographic), France
“Shibusawa Tatsuhiko Gallery” Nichido Gallery, Tokyo
“Carnegie International 1995” Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, U.S.A.
“Blumenstiicke Kunststucke” Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany
1993 “Body and memory: Nobuyoshi Araki and Larry Clark” Sara Parpallo, Valencia,Spain
“Tokyo love” The Ginza Art Space,Tokyo (with Nan Goldin)
“Of the Human condition:Hope and Despair at the End of the Century” Spiral Garden, Tokyo; Ashiya City Museum of Art and History, Ashiya
“When the Body Becomes Art: The Organs and Body as Object” ltabashi Art Museum, Tokyo
“Liquid Crystal Futures” The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, and travelling to other cities in Europe and Tokyo
“Portraits” Galerie Samia Saouma, Paris
“The Nude and the Contemporary Photography” Spiral Garden, Tokyo
“From the Edge of Nirvana/ Tokyo Design Center (collaboration with Kazuo Ohno, Gozo Yoshimasu and Marilia)
“Photography and Beyond in Japan” Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo;  travelling to Museo de Arte Contemporaneo International, Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada; Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.;
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu. Hawaii (until 1995)
“Love You Tokyo” Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo (with Kineo Kuwabara)
“Contemporary Japanese Photography” Kunsthaus Zurich
“Das Bild des Korpers” Frankfurter Kunstverein
1991 “Japanese Photography in the 1970s” Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of
Photography Tokyo
1990 “Tokyo : A City Perspective” Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography Tokyo
“Fotografie Biennale Rotterdam “
“Photos de Famille” La Villete, Paris
1989 “Eleven Photographers 1965-75” Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Yamaguchi
1986 “Fotografia Japonesa Contemporanea” Casa Elizalde, Barcelona
“Die Japanesche Fotografie” Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
“Paris, Tokyo, New York” Tsukuba Museum of Photography ’85, Tsukuba; Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai
1983 “A Woman on 6×7 Films” Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo (with Bill Brandt)
“A Scene of Contemporary Japanese Art II” Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai
1978 “Hot Wind in July: My Sweet Women; works by Araki and 4 Photographers with Gentle Eyes” Camp, Tokyo
1976 “Exhibition selected by 12 photographers” Shiseido The Ginza, Tokyo
1974 “Photographs on Photography” Shimizu Gallery, Tokyo
“From Photo to Photo” Gallery Matto Grosso, Tokyo
“Fifteen Photographers Today” National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
1972 “The 11th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan”, Tokyo Metropolitan Art
1971 “The 10th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan”, Tokyo Metropolitan Art
“Copied Pictures” Kinokuniya Gallery Tokyo


1985 “Die Japanische Fotografie” Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
1983 “A scene of Contemporary Japanese Art 2” Miyagi Museum of Art,Sendai
1979 “Japan : A Self Portrait” ICP, New York, traveled Italy, etc.
1976 “Neue Fotografie aus Japan” Kulturhaus der Stadt Graz, Austria; traveling to Vienna Austria and Stuggart, Germany, until 1978
1974 “15 Photographers” National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
1971,72 “10th & 11th “Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan” Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum



ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Denmark

Art Collection Neue Borse

Centre Pompidou, Paris

Deutsche Bank

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Centre National des Arts Plastiques

Fotomuseum Wintherthur
Sammlung Goetz, Munich

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

Maison de la photographie, Paris

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montréal

Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna

Telenor Foundation, Norway

Peter Norton Collection (Tate UK)
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Sammlung Hoffman
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The UBS Art Collection
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Yokohama Museum of Art
Kunsthalle Winterthur


2008 Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Arts
1994 Japan Inter-Design Forum Grand Prix
1991 7th Higashikawa Prize
1990 Shashin-no-kai Prize from the Photographic Society of Japan
1964 First Taiyo Prize for “Satchin”


1991 “Sentimental Journey・Winter Journey” published by Shincho-sha
Wife Yoko passed away
1988 Opened AaT ROOM
1981 Opened Araki Limited Stock Company
1976 Opened Nobuyoshi Araki School
1974 Helped found the Workshop School of Photography
1968 Met Yoko Aoki (1947-90), married in 1971.
1963-72 Worked at Dentsu Inc.
1959-63 Studied photography and film-making at Chiba University
1940 Born in Tokyo