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No one’s done more to bring the Japanese bondage art form of kinbaku-bi – “the beauty of tight binding” – to life than one-of-a-kind artist Nobuyoshi Araki. Rooting his work in traditional Japanese erotica - the shunga tradition of explicit woodblock prints, dating back to the Heian period – Araki focuses on themes of life, death and sex in his photography. Tied and bound, and sometimes hanging from the ceiling, the beauty of Araki’s models is boundless. Apart from this, Araki has also focused on brightly coloured flowers and the black and white streets of Tokyo, all of which he showcased earlier this year, in his latest exhibition at the Michael Hoppen Gallery.



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