Kinbaku Raisan
Kinbaku Raisan Kinbaku Raisan Kinbaku Raisan
£95.00
Tokyo: eyesencia. 2008.

Limited edition of 1000. 312x267mm. Unpaginated (42pp). White cloth lettered in silver to covers and spine. Original dust jacket on which one of the images from the book has been faintly printed. Both binding, jacket and contents are very good. No text. Forty full page black and white photographs over which Araki has smeared red, yellow, blue and green paint. Most of the photographs feature Araki's enthusiasm for bondage (indeed the title translates into English as "In Praise of Bondage"). But there are also some nice flowers and skyscapes if women tied up with rope isn't your thing. The images of the sky and flowers are placed on the pages opposite those of the women, and the coloured paint often crosses from one photograph to another. We are meant (I suppose) to make the connection, to see deep aesthetic and biological links, between the beauty of nature and the beauty of the subjected female form. But really it is no more than a flimsy attempt to disguise the fact that Araki is just a monumental perv. Nice copy though.