Nobuyoshi Araki, born in Tokyo on May 25, 1940, is a Japanese photographer and contemporary artist. He is also known by the nickname Arākī (アラーキー).
Araki has published over 500 books. He is known primarily for his photography, whichrevolves around female eroticism and his fascination with Tokyo, Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis. Notorious for pictures that are both spectacularly compelling and shockingly obscene, Araki – who has created over 450 books in his lifetime – has an unearthly ability to make anything and everything appear erotic. His controversial body of work featuring provocative depictions of female eroticism, bondage, and fetishism, has seen his oeuvre described as both erotic and pornographic and has provoked conflict with authorities in Japan and controversy in the West.