Ohta Shuppan. 1990 First edition Softcover with dust jacket and obi band, 270 pages, 130 x 210 mm Text in Japanese Condition: Fine
Nobuyoshi Araki is arguably the most celebrated contemporary Japanese photographer. A frequent visitor to the sex clubs of Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood, he photographed the infamous red-light district until the golden age of Japan’s sex industry came to a screeching halt in 1985, with the enactment of the New Amusement Business Control and Improvement Act.
Tokyo Lucky Hole reveals the core of Araki's practice: the desire to create a portrait of Tokyo without the niceties (and prudishness) of convention. This work, amid constant accusations of obscenity, may come closest to revealing the immorality that resides in every city.
Cited by Parr and Badger in The Photobook: A History vol.1 as Araki’s best and most famous work. Containing over 350 black-and-white photographs, in this original Japanese edition the exposed genitalia have been covered with black stickers.
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