Past tense - Future 1979 2040

Nobuyoshi Araki,Past tense - Future 1979 2040

Nobuyoshi Araki
Past tense - Future 1979 2040

Photographs: Nobuyoshi Araki

Publisher: Taka Ishii Gallery

164 pages

Year: 2012

Price: 60

Comments: Softcover, 255 x 195 mm. First edition, 2012. Limited edition of 500 copies. As new.

February 10, 2012 Comprises approximately 6,000 works representing the period between 1979 and 2040, when Araki will be 100-years-old. Araki created the images by manipulating the camera’s dating feature, which imprints dates on the bottom of the photographic print. The works will be displayed in chronological order and presented as a diary. Araki has worked previously with the fascination, which the simultaneous exhibition of mass quantities of images can produce. Shown as a diary that encompasses not only the past, but also the future, each of the approximately 6,000 images displayed appear to express the artist’s interior self and give a strong sense of the unique world that exists within the images. Araki continues to pursue new photographic possibilities while creating images that frankly communicate his emotions and also addressing memories of the recent great East Japan earthquake.

"Photographs are diary entries...that's all they can be. Photographs are just documentations of a day's event. At th same time, they drag the past into the present and also continue into the future. A day's occurence evokes both the past and the future. That's why I want to clearly date my pictures. It's actually frustrating, that's why I now photograph the future..."

Nobuyoshi Araki



Nobuyoshi Araki,Past tense - Future 1979 2040

Nobuyoshi Araki,Past tense - Future 1979 2040

Nobuyoshi Araki,Past tense - Future 1979 2040

Nobuyoshi Araki,Past tense - Future 1979 2040

Nobuyoshi Araki,Past tense - Future 1979 2040

Nobuyoshi Araki,Past tense - Future 1979 2040

Nobuyoshi Araki,Past tense - Future 1979 2040

Nobuyoshi Araki,Past tense - Future 1979 2040

Nobuyoshi Araki,Past tense - Future 1979 2040

Nobuyoshi Araki,Past tense - Future 1979 2040

Nobuyoshi Araki,Past tense - Future 1979 2040

Nobuyoshi Araki,Past tense - Future 1979 2040

Nobuyoshi Araki,Past tense - Future 1979 2040

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