Nobuyoshi Araki (Japanese, b.1940) is a prolific Contemporary Japanese photographer known for his diaristic capturing of everyday life. Born in Tokyo, Araki studied photography and film at Chiba University before working in advertising. He began to work exclusively as a photographer in 1972, and has since produced hundreds of photographic prints and books. Araki’s work documents the quotidian elements of life: clouds, flowers, vibrant karaoke bars, Japanese toys, Tokyo cityscapes, and images of ordinary people. He is perhaps most well known for his nude photos of women. Many of these oft-controversial nudes depict women tightly bound with ropes in the Japanese bondage style known as Kinbaku. Considered by some to be pornographic, these works draw upon the tradition of Japanese Shunga, woodblock prints from the 17th century.

Araki has also worked as a filmmaker, and has photographed musicians Bjork and Lady Gaga. His works are part of numerous collections, including the Tate Modern in London and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Timeline

1940
Born in Tokyo, Japan
1959–1963
Studied photography and film-making at Chiba University
1963
Graduated from the Department of Engineering at Chiba University; majored in Photography and Filmmaking
1964
Recipient, First Taiyo Prize for "Satchin"
1963–1972
Worked at Dentsu Inc.
1974
Helped found the Workshop School of Photography
1976
Opened Nobuyoshi Araki School
1981
Opened Araki Limited Stock Company
1988
Opened AaT ROOM
1990
Recipient, Shashin-no-kai Prize from the Photographic Society of Japan
1991
Recipient, 7th Higashikawa Prize
1994
Recipient, Japan Inter-Design Forum Grand Prix
2008
Awarded Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Arts
Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan

Exhibitions

2013
Nobuyoshi Araki, Michael Hoppen Contemporary, London, England (solo)
2012
Flower, aura gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
2011
It Was Once A Paradise, Galerie Alex Daniels, Reflex Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
2010
Love and Death, Museo d'Arte, Lugano, Switzerland
Araki: A Perspective, PRISM, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
love and punishment, Aura Gallery, Beijing, China
Photo Beijing 2010, Beijing, China
2008
Body Work, Le Case d'Arte, Milan, Italy
Read my Lips, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany
Works, Galerie Aplanat für Fotografie, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki: Kinbaku, Galerie Jablonka, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Araki meets Hokusai, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (solo)
Araki Gold, Palais Fontana dei Trevi, Rome, Italy (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki - Hana Kinbaku, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Photographers of Japanese Descent, Galerie Howard Greenberg, New York, USA
Araki, Miyamoto, Sugimoto: Japanische Fotografie der Gegenwart, Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Germany
2007
Seduced: Art and Sex from Antiquity to now, Barbican Art Gallery, London, England
Pale Carnage, Arnolfini, Bristol, England
Sus ojos les delatan, Foundacion Foto Colectania, Barcelona, Spain
Nobuyoshi Araki, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Revoir: Nobuyoshi Araki, Carte blanche, Galerie Mennour Kamel, Paris, France (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki: Diaries, Leica Galerie Wien Westlich, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Araki: A la vie la mort, Musee de la photographie, Charleroi, Belgium (solo)
Blue Chips, Galerie Philipp Konzett, Vienna, Austria
Pale Carnage, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland
2006
Sweet Ecstasy, Nicola von Senger AG, Zurich, Switzerland
Polamaniacs, Photology, Milano, Italy
Polaroids, Galleria Ca di Fra, Milano, Itlaly (solo)
FLUTTER, The Approach, London, England (solo)
EROS in der kunst der moderne, foundation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland
INTO ME / OUT OF ME, Kunst-Werke Berlin e.V - KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Into me / out of me, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, USA
Why pictures now, MUMUK Museum Moderner Kunst - Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
Noboyushi Araki, Taka Ishii gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Self.Life.Death, Barbican Art Gallery, London, England (solo)
Tokyo/Sexteen 1969-1973, 1973, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany (solo)
Langhans Galerie, Prague, Czech Republic (solo)
Berlin-Tokyo/Tokyo Berlin, Die Kunst Zweier Stadte, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
La region humaine, Septembre de la photographie, Lyon, France
Full House: Gesichter einer Sammlung, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
XX - Encontras de Fotografia, Coimbra Visual Arts Centre, Coimbra, Portugal
Der Verletzbare Körper, Forum für Fotographie, Cologne, Germany
2005
Blumenmythos-Van Gogh bis Jeff Koons, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland
Contemporanea, Fundacion Juan March, Madrid, Spain
Le Confort Moderne, Poitier, France
Awakening, Aura Gallery, Shanghai, China
Der fotografierte Mensh, Neues Museum, Nürnberg, Germany
Selections from the Hara Museums permanent collection, Hara Museum of contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
The Ancient Sound of the Image, Palazzo Fontana dei Trevi Rome, Italy
Arakinema, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (solo)
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (performance) (solo)
Araki, Michael Hoppen Photography, London, England (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki, Langhans Galerie, Prague, Czech Republic (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki Tokyo Nude, Yoshii Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Rising Sun, Melting Moon - Contemporary Art from Japan, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
2004
Tokio Comedy, La Fabrica Galeria, Madrid, Spain
Polanographs, Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland
From Winter to Spring, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Nobuyoshi Araki, De Hallen, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands (solo)
Hana Jinsei, Kitano Cultural Center, Nagano, Japan (solo)
Painting Flower, Epson imaging gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Polaraki, Reflex Modern Art Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain (solo)
EIJANAIKA! YES FUTURE! - Le Japon post XXe siecle, Collection Lambert, Avignon, France
Akimahen, Maison Folie de Wazemmes, Lille, France
2003
Wachstum, Schöheit und Vergänglichkeit, Munich, Germany
Nobuyoshi Araki, La Fabrica, Madrid, Spain
Nobuyoshi Araki, Zonca&Zonca, Milano, Italy
Nobuyoshi Araki, Krisal Galerie, Geneva, Switzerland
Mon journal - photopainting, galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris, France (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki, Il tempo, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Tokyo still life, Tampereen Taidemuseo, Tampere, Finland (solo)
Nabuyoshi Araki, Refex Modern Art Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Araki by Araki: the photographer's personal selection, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Love by Leica, Leica Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2002
Araki in Venice, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, Italy
Seoul Novel-Tokyo Story, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
La nature morte au Japon, Maison de la Photographie, Moscow, Russia (solo)
Araki Retrospective, a-d Miami, Miami, USA
Oeil pour oeil, figures de l'art contemporain, Le Rectangle, Lyon, France
2001
Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bolzano, Italy; Rupertinum in Salzburg, Austria
The body and the sin, Valencia Biennale, Valencia, Spain
Fact of Love, Hayward Gallery, London, England
Ganjin and photographers from the world, Matsuzakaya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
See, Take a picture, Express, Setagaya Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Promiscuous Flowers: Robert Mapplethorpe & Nobuyoshi Araki, Niitsu City Museum, Niigata, Odakyu Museum, Shinjuku, Japan
Strategoes: photography of the nineties, Kunsthalle in Kiel, Germany
Kaei, Gallery Art Graph, Tokyo, Japan
Kakyoku, Hanasakan, Kagoshima, Japan
Shikijyo kyo, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Shosetsu Seoul, Spiral Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Uen Yanaka Biyori, Gallery J2, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Shosetsu Seoul, Spiral Hall, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki, Il tempo, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Vintage prints and early works, Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland
Tokyo Still Life, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England
2000
Nobuyoshi Araki, Griedervonputtkamer Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Voyage sentimental, Centre national de la photographie, Paris, France
Sentimental Journey, Centro per l'arte Contemporanea Luigi, Prato, Italy
Erotos, OP fotogallery, Toronto, Canada (solo)
Shashin-shijo-shugi, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Porivacy, Nadiff, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Photo Poche, La Camera, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki, Damasquine Art Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki, Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris, France (solo)
Fussa Love, Galerie Les Trois Agneaux, France (solo)
The arsfuturashow, Ars Futura galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
Bourgeois Hero, Galleria Civica Modena, Modena, Italy; Rebecca Camhi, Athens, Greece
Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen: Cities of 21st Century, Bauhaus, Germany
Dessau Foundation and Siemens Kultur Programme, Munich, Germany
Copenhagen Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
Robert Mapplethorpe: Polaroids 1971-74, New works by Nobuyoshi Araki and Saul Fletcher, Yayoi Kusama Walking Piece 1966, Gallery Asprey Jacques, London, England
Yume no ato: What remained of the dream..., Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany
Gendai: Japanese Contemporary Art-Between the Body and Space, Center for Contemporary Art, Ujadowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
Racolta della Forografia Contemporanea, Galleria Civica Modena, Modena, Italy
XL Photography, Deutsche Borse AG, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
1999
Get Together: Art as Teamwork, Kunsthalle Wien am Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria
Love and Desire, Galleria Photology, Milano, Italy
Spiral TV, collaboration with Vanessa Beecroft, Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan
Miyajima, Araki, Sugimoto, Kusama, Studio Casoli&Studio Guenzani, Milano, Italy
Attack, Holland Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Exposition de la collection de la Fondation Cartier, Centre culturel de Belm, Lisbon, Portugal
Collected Works I: Contemporary Art since 1968, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
Tachikawa International Art Festival '99, Tachikawa, Japan
Nobuyoshi Araki, Scalo Art Space, New York, USA (solo)
Ryu u Seki, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
ALive, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (solo)
Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athens, Greece (solo)
Polaroids, Gandy Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic (solo)
1973-1999, Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (solo)
Araki Nobuyoshi, Il Tempo, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Touren, Toru Maeshima Gallery, Wakayama, Japan (solo)
Araki Nobuyoshi Sentimental Photography, Sentimental Life, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Nobuyoshi Araki: 1969-1999, Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland
1998
Cosmosco, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Shijyo Tokyo: Markt der Gefühle, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
The Past-Fotoarbeiten 1972-73, Stadtisches Museum Leverkusen Schloss Morsbroich, Germany (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki: Tokyo, Stadtisches Klinikum Fulda, Germany (solo)
Portraits and Flowers, The Photographers Gallery, London, England (solo)
Tokyo Nostalgia, Galleria Photology, London, England (solo)
Arakinema: Taipei, Yomiuri Culture Salon Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (solo)
Arakinema: Erotic Women in Color, Taipei, Taiwan; Bangkok, Thailand (solo)
Story Portraits, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (solo)
Filtre, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France
Love in Winter, with Boris Mikhailov, Satani Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Nuit Blanche, Musee d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France; Bergen Billedgalleri Rasmus Meyers Samlinger, Bergen, Norway; Porin TaideMuseo, Pori, Finland; Goeteborgs Konstmuseum, Goeteborg, Sweden
Life, Border, Line - Struth, Penone, Hohenbuchler, Jacobs, Araki, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Araki VS. Weegee, Gallery Ham, Nagoya, Japan
Searching for the Future Photography, EpSite, Epson Imaging Gallery, Shinjuku, Japan
Hiroshige and Araki, Japonisme Museum, Atami, Shizuoka, Japan
Printemps de Cahors-Photographie & Arts Visuels, Cahors, France
Fuori Uso: 1998-Mostrato, Assozione Culturale Arte Nova, Pescara, Italy
Cho nichijo (Sur-eeryday-life), Shanghai Art Musem, Shanghai, China
1998 Taipei Biennial: Site of Desire, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Car Culture in Photographs of 20th Century, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, Japan
Photographic Diaries, Zagreb Art Pavillion, Croatian Photographic Union, Zagreb, Croatia
Illusionary Botanical Garden, Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Hiratsuka, Japan
The Promise of Photography: The DG Bank Collection, Hara Musem of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Fetishes & Fetishism, Passage de Retz, Paris, France
Life is a Bitch, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
XXIV Bienal de Sao Paulo: Roteiros, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Under/Exposed, Tunnelbana Metro U-bahn, Stockholm, Sweden
1997
Floating Images of Women in Art History: From the Birth of Feminism towards the Reconstruction of Gender, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan
Elvis+Marilyn:2 x Immortal, Sogo Museum, Yokohama, Japan
The 33rd Artists Today Exhibition: City Landscapes and Unity in the Plurality, Yokohama Citizen's Gallery, Japan
Cities on the Move: WienerSecesion, Vienna, Austria; Musee d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France; PS1, Long Island City, USA
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
Hayward Gallery, London, England
SMA Helsinki, Finland
Kain (Sensual Flowers), with Yukio Nakagawa, Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, Japan
Nobuyoshi Araki, Dianne Arbus, Nan Goldin, Sammlung Goetz Munich, Germany
Lust und Leere (Desire and the Void), Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
Arken Museum für Moderne Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
10th International Biennial of the Image, Nancy Center Culturel, Andre Malraux Vandoeuvre, Nancy, France
Amours, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France
Du Construit, du paysage, Centre Regional d'art contemporain, Sete, France
Polaero, with Larry Clark, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Sasame Hiroyuki, c/o Hara, 2nd Floor, 4-3-3 Kita Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Art Tower Mito, Obaragi, Japan
Shashin (Photos), Kobe Fashion Musuem, Kobe; Shinjuku Mitsukoshi Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Fukuoka, Japan
A's Life, Kachimai Hall, Obihiro, Japan; La Foret Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Shikijyo, Scalo Book Store, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
Araki Retrographs, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Tokyo Comedy, Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Arakinema: Love Secession, Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Arakinema: Vienna and Tokyo Paradise, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki, Gallery Starmach, Krakow, Poland (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki, Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki, Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland
Flower Rondo, JM Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
A World of Girls, Il Temp, Tokyo, Japan
1996
Face vs Nude, Aoyama Spiral, Tokyo, Japan
Sensual Flowers, Gallery Eve, Tokyo, Japan
A Moment in Time, Espace Tag Heuer, Tokyo, Japan
Death Reality, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
The Past 1972-1973, Stadtsparkasse Münster, Germany (solo)
Flowers: Life and Death, Nishimura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Tokyo Novel, Egg Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Kain (Shadows of Flowers), Gallery Eve, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Bokujukitan, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Arakinema: Novel Photography, Studio Mouris Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Arakinema: Flower Rondo II, Areana Hall, Tamagawa Takshimaya SC, Japan (solo)
Fake Love, Ginza Komatsu, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
The Face, The Dead, Pace Wildenstein and Macgill, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
A moment in Time, Espace Tag Heuyer, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
From Close Range, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Private Tokyo, Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
Kingdom of Flora, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Prospect 96, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Sex and Crime, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
Nobuyoshi Araki, Thomas Struth, Christopher Williams, Larry Clark, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
A Girl floating in the Cosmos, with Gozo Yoshimasu, Marilia and Kazutoki Umezu, Kouchi Prefectural Musuem Hall, Kouchi, Japan
Private Tokyo, Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Shiro Kuramata 1934-1991, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Araki and Ten Contemporary Tanka Poets, Gallery Eve, Tokyo, Japan
Nobuyoshi Araki & Michiko Kon, Center for Photography, Carmel, USA
Images of Woman in Japanese Contemporary Photography 1930- 1990, Shoutou Musuem, Tokyo, Japan
1995
The VIth Biennale Internazionale di Fotografia, Todi Palazzo delle Arti, Perugia, Italy
Trame Inquiette (Agli Ordini del Cibo), Promotrice delle Belle Arti, Torino, Italy
The Act of Seeing (Urban Space) taking a distance, Fondation pour l'Architecture, Brussels, Belgium
The Dead, National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford, England; Horsens Museum, Horsens, Denmark
Works by 25 Photographers in Their 20s, Kyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, Japan
Sites of Being, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA
26th Arles International Photo Festival, Des Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France
Carnegie International 1995, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pitttsburgh, USA
Blumenstücke Kunststücke, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
Cities I want to live in, Ginza Guardian Garden, Tokyo, Japan
Death of Flowers, with Eric Andriesse, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Art in Japan Today 1985-1995, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
Ginzabout, The Ginza Art Space, Tokyo, Japan
Texture and Touch: Contemporary Photography from Japan, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Vision of Hope and Despair, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, USA
Journal intime, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki: A- Diary, Sachin and his brother Mabo, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France (solo)
Arakinema: Sentimental Journey/Winter Journey, Sogetsu Hall, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Satchin in Summer, La Foret Museum Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Arakinema: Passion in Okinawa, Ryubo Hall, Naha, Okinawa, Japan (solo)
Nobuyoshi Araki: Diario Intimo, Encontros de Fotografia, Coimbra, Portugal (solo)
Tokyo Novelle, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (solo)
Tokyo Novel/Kiss of Flower, organized by The Morphe '95, Aoyama district, Japan (solo)
Bokuju-Kitan, Strange Black Ink Stories, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Erotos, Gallery Index, Stockholm, Sweden
Nobuyoshi Araki, Torch, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The First Year of Heisei, Le Garage, Reims, France
Akt-Tokyo Nobuyoshi Araki 1971-1991, Zone Gallery, Newcastle, England
Naked Novel, Egg Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Dactcho-kun, A Virgin Boy, Space Link, Tokyo, Japan
1994
Private Photography, Yurakucho Asahi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Akt-Tokyo Nobuyoshi Araki 1971-1991, Nordliga Fotocentret, Oulu, Finland
Sky, Gallery Eve, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Cube: Unconscious Tokyo, White Cube, London, England
Obscene Photographs, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Nobuyoshi Araki: Private Photography, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Body and Memory: Nobuyoshi Araki and Larry Clark, Sala Parpallo Palau Scala, Valencia, Spain
Tokyo Love, with Nan Goldin, The Ginza Art Space, Tokyo, Japan
Of the Human Condition: Hope and Despair at the End of the Tokyo Fine Day, Gallery Verita, Tokyo, Japan
1993
The World of Photo-maniac Diary in Colour, Wonderland, Hiroshima, Japan (solo)
New World of Love, La Camera, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Erotos, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Akt-Tokyo Nobuyoshi Araki 1971-1991, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Akt-Tokyo Nobuyoshi Araki 1971-1991, Fotografische Sammlung im Museum Folkwang Essen, Germany
Akt-Tokyo Nobuyoshi Araki 1971-1991, Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria
1992
Photo Maniac Diary, Egg Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Akt-Tokyo Nobuyoshi Araki 1971-1991, Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria
Akt-Tokyo Nobuyoshi Araki 1971-1991, Galerie Fotohof, Mirabellpark, Salzburg, Austria
Car Photographs: Tokyo, Egg Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
State of Things: A Thousand Photographs Exhibited Day by Day, P3 Art and Environment, Tokyo, Japan
Photo Maniac Diary, Egg Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Kuruma (voiture) de Tokyo, Egg Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Angel's Festival, Parco Gallery, Tokyo; Sapporo Parc Hokkaido; Shinsaibashi Parco, Osaka, Japan (solo)
Arakinema: Angel's Festival, Parco Theater, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Love Interrogations / Tokyo Fax/Fucks, Apt Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1991
Arakinema Springscapes, Cinema Rise, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
From Close-range, Hosomi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Jeanne, Shinchosha Art Space, Tokyo, Japan; Heartland, Hamamatsu, Japan (solo)
From Close-range II: Flowers, Nudes and Yamorinskies, Athens Gallery, Osaka, Japan (solo)
Colorscapes, The Seed Hall, Tokyo, Japan / Seikatsu Soko, Nagoya, Japan (solo)
Winter Journey, Egg Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
On the Move, Egg Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1990
Chiro My Love, Ikebukuro Book Center Libro, Tokyo, Japan
Arakinema: Skyscapes, Shuppan Club, Tokyo, Japan
Skyscapes, Gallery Verita, Tokyo, Japan
Foto Tanz, Konica Plaza, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Lucky Hole, Apt Gallery Tokyo, Japan
Towards Winter: Tokyo, A City Heading for Death, Egg Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Arakinema: Tokyo Nude, Kinokuniya Hall, Tokyo; Tatsumi Hijikata Memorial Theater Asbestos Studio, Japan (solo)
Tokyo Lucky Hole, Apt Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Towards Winter: Tokyo, A City Heading for Death, Egg Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
This Month's Three Selected Photos, Fukuiya Coffee Shop, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1988
Araki-s-m 1967-1987, Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo, Japan
1987
Arakinema 2, Studio Mag, Tokyo, Japan
Puppet Prince, Spiral Hall, Tokyo, Japan
ARAKI-S-M: 1967-1987, Zeit -Foto Salon, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
A Part of Love, Art Space Mirage, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1986
Tokyo Erotomania Diary, Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo, Japan
Araki Shoots Shibuya Like Atget, Tokyo, Japan
Shibuya Street, Doi Photo Plaza, Tokyo, Japan; Inax Showroom, Fukuoka, Japan
Photo Live: Tokyo Theater '86, Sapporo Beer Factory, Tokyo, Japan
Arakinema: Tokyo Story, Cinemarise, Tokyo, Japan
1985
An Immoral Woman, K's Bar, Tokyo, Japan
A Pseudo-Story About Girls, Bar New Dug, Tokyo, Japan
Cinephotographic Woman, Bar Refain, Tokyo, Japan
Freely Snatched Love, Kitchen Ramen, Tokyo, Japan
1984
A World of Girls, Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo, Japan
A Balthus Summer, Picture Photo Space, Osaka, Japan
1982
I am Photography, Doi Photo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
The Third Arakism Declaration, Asahi Seimei Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1981
The Second Arakism Declaration, Yahama Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Rika: Pseudo High-School Girl, Shinjuku Yamiichi Shop, Tokyo, Japan
1980
Pseudo-Photos, Room 301, Harada Building, Tokyo, Japan
Recent Photos, Room 301, Harada Building, Tokyo, Japan
Fictitious Truth: Zigeunerweisen, Kinokuniya, Tokyo, Japan
100% of Nairon, Bar Nylon, Tokyo, Japan
Wet Dreams on a Midsummer Night and the Anniversary of the End of the War, Kinokuniya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Arakism Declaration, New York Theater, Tokyo, Japan
1979
First Visit to New York, Minolta Photo Space, Tokyo, Japan; Obihiro Building Gallery, Hokkaido, Japan
1978
My Scene: 1940-1977, Canon Salon, Tokyo, Japan
Portraits of Descendants, Camp Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Actresses: A Sentimental Ero-Roman, Horindo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan
1977
Tokyo Blues, Nikon Salon, Tokyo, Japan; Nikon Salon, Osaka, Japan
1976
Yoko, My Love, Ginza Nikon Salon, Tokyo, Japan
Notes on Taeko, Seibu Book Center Libro, Tokyo, Japan
1975
Actress: Kisaki Sekimura, Matto Grosso, Tokyo, Japan
1974
Actresses by Photos, Videos and Film, Gallery Mato Grosso (solo)
1973
Mail Photographs Exhibition, Unpeel Me, Heat Me, Tokyo, Japan
Pseudo-Documentary: Photographs Polluted by Silver-Halogen Compound: Chirring Chirring Cicadas in Chorus, Kinokuniya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Flowers in Ruins, Shimizu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1972
Mail Photographs Exhibition, Miami's truth, Tokyo, Japan
1970
Sur-Sentimentalist Manifesto No. 2: The Truth about Carmen Marie, Kunugi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Kitchen Ramen Ero-Rearism, Kitchen Ramen, Tokyo, Japan
1967
Ginza, Mitsubishi Denki Galley, Tokyo, Japan
Zoo, Mitsubishi Denki Galley, Tokyo, Japan
1966
Subway, Mitsubishi Denki Galley, Tokyo, Japan
Middled-Aged Women, Mitsubishi Denki Galley, Tokyo, Japan
1965
Satchin and His Brother Mabo, Shinjuku Station Building, Tokyo, Japan