tokyo: tokyo blues 1977

© nobuyoshi araki - photo from the tokyo blues series

opening on sat - aug 24 [6pm-8pm] at taka ishii gallery in tokyo is a solo exhibition of works by nobuyoshi araki a.k.a. araki. the famed photographer is considered one of japan's most prolific artists of all times, and he has continuously produced very personal photos that are the result of a heavy involvement with the subject and often have an erotic edge. the exhibition is titled tokyo blues 1977 and presents 26 selected vintage prints from his solo exhibition tokyo blues which was held in 1977 at the ginza nikon salon in tokyo. araki has stated that 'making a documentary, creating photography, and using the camera is all about performance. performance is truth and it should be reproduced. women, men, and the city are all protagonists in these media, and they all perform and live'. the tokyo blues series is an invented documentary, one that begins with the meeting of a woman from kyushu who moved from her hometown to the japanese capital. araki felt that all the women he encountered and their respective past were inspiring and ‘blues’-like, thus his desire to capture their so-called performances. location: 1-3-2 kiyosumi, fifth floor [koto-ku].

© nobuyoshi araki - photo from the tokyo blues series