PHOTOGRAPHOARY: PHOTO-MAD OLD MAN A TURNING 77 ON 5.25.17 by Nobuyoshi Araki

日本人写真家、荒木経惟の作品集。2017年にタカ・イシイギャラリーで開催された展覧会「Photographoary: Photo-Mad Old Man A Turning 77 on 5.25.17(写狂老人A 17.5.25で77齢 後期高齢写)」に伴い刊行された。

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タカ・イシイギャラリーでの個展としては24度目の開催となる本展は、新作「写狂老人A 17.5.25で77齢 後期高齢写」シリーズよりカラー作品約116点、モノクローム作品約720点、合計836点ほどの作品で構成されています。

今は年寄りの時代なんだからさ、今どき、「年寄りに見られたくなく」なんて加齢に抵抗するヤツはダメなワケ。今こそ“老いていく”というその変化を、自信を持って発表していくべきなんだよ。年を取らなきゃわからないことってたくさんあるし、人間としてキャリアを積んでんだから、若いヤツより老人のほうが魅力があって当然(笑)。
-荒木経惟


荒木はこれまでも自身の加齢を肯定的に作品に取り込み、その作品世界を絶えず豊かなものにしてきました。前立腺癌、網膜中心動脈閉塞症による右眼の視力の喪失など、降りかかる病と向き合い克服し続けた荒木は、「後期高齢写」と名付けられた本シリーズを通じても、自身の身体や生活に及ぶ変化を、日々写真を撮影するというエネルギーに転換する中で生き、膨大な数の新作を生み出しました。老いることで一層魅力を増す人間のように、作品に存在するエロスとタナトスがより色濃く漂う荒木の新作を是非ご覧ください。

Official Press Release:

Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by Nobuyoshi Araki “Photographoary: Photo-Mad Old Man A Turning 77 on 5.25.17” from May 25 to July 1. The exhibition, which will feature approximately 900 works comprising 116 color and 720 black and white photographs from the titular series, will be Araki’s 24th solo exhibition with the gallery.

This is a time of the elderly. People who fight against aging, saying, “I don’t want to be seen as an old person,” are out. This is precisely the time to be proud of and exhibit the transformations caused by age. There are many things you can’t learn without aging. It’s natural that older people are more attractive than the young, because we’re experienced.
-Nobuyoshi Araki

Previously, Araki has affirmatively incorporated his aging process into his works to ceaselessly enrich his oeuvre. Araki, who has been confronted with, and overcome multiple illnesses such as prostate cancer and central retinal artery occlusion, which caused him to lose sight in his right eye, lives by transforming the changes in his body and life into fuel for photographing daily. Through this practice, he has produced an enormous number of new works. Like the person who grows more attractive with age, Araki’s new work is more intensely charged with the Eros and Thanatos instincts than ever before.

by Nobuyoshi Araki

REGULAR PRICE ¥2,640  (tax incl.)

softcover 
120 pages
170 x 220 mm
color, black and white
limited edition of 500 copies
2017

published by TAKA ISHII GALLERY