From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Nobuyoshi Araki (born May 25 1940 in Tokyo) is a Japanese photographer and contemporary artist, best known for his work in the realm of erotica. In a 2004 documentary film, ARTE TV dubbed him "the Japanese Toulouse-Lautrec and Japan's most successful yet embarrassing cultural export," due to his predilection for bondage and other sadomasochistic practices.
Araki studied photography during his college years and then went to work at the noted advertising agency Dentsu, where he met his future wife, the noted essayist Araki Yōko. After they were married, Araki published a book of pictures of his wife taken during their honeymoon titled Sentimental Journey. She later died in 1990. Pictures taken during her last days were published in a book titled Winter Journey.
Having published over 350 books (and still more every year) Araki is considered one of the most prolific artists alive or dead in Japan and around the world. He also contributed photography to the Sunrise anime series Brain Powerd. Some of his most popular photography books are Sentimental Journey, Tokyo Lucky Hole, and Shino.
The musician Björk is an admirer of Araki's work, and at her request he photographed the cover of her remix album, Telegram. Araki's life and work were also the subject of Travis Klose's 2005 documentary film Arakimentari.