in case you already know araki’s work, you can tell that terry richardson built his career on it and turned it mainstream. he actually even borrowed the old master’s strategy of getting naked if the model is naked, for better synergy.

in case you live under a rock: araki is probably the most famous japanese photographer. he prefers to take erotic pictures of women, often tied up in kinbaku, the intricate art of japanese bondage. this unconditional tokyoite published around 500 books and, although he is often put down for his edo-era attitude towards women, he declares that beautiful or ugly, women are attractive to him.

i will illustrate the post with my favourite picture (facebook made me take it down) and with a behind the scenes video of araki taking pictures of japanese young tastemakers in this season’s fashions, including model-actress kiko mizuhara in a mix of balenciaga and her own clothes, triathlete jessica michibata in lanvin and concept band the plasticzooms in raf simons for jil sander. the photo shoot was for the second issue of reality show, a tokyo-based style magazine.

(the video is no longer available)

in order to find out more about this larger than life character, i recommend an interview here and the arakimentari. enjoy!