Nobuyoshi Araki

Nobuyoshi Araki (born Tokyo, 25 May, 1940) is a Japanese photographer who did a bondage-themed photoshoot with Lady Gaga for Vogue Hommes Japan. Araki later released an art-book with further photos from the shoot, however, it was limited to 500 copies. He studied at Chiba University since 1959 to 1963. In 1963 went to work at the advertising agency Dentsu, where in 1968 he met his future wife, the essayist Yōko Aoki (青木陽子).

August 5, 2009Edit

  • Fashion direction — Nicola Formichetti
  • Art direction — Matthew Williams
  • Styling — Shun Watanabe
  • Styling assistants — Tatsuya Shimada, Chihiro Makuura
  • Hair and makeup — Katsuya Kamo (Mod's Hair)
  • String bondage — Yasuji Watanabe
  • Editor — Jun Ishida
  1. Leather bustier by Yves Saint Laurent (Fall 2009), shoes by Phi (H30 Fashion Bureau)
  2. Dress by Maison Martin Margiela (Fall 2009), belt by Phi (H30 Fashion Bureau) and shoes by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci (Fall 2009)
  3. Shoes by Yves Saint Laurent (Imperiale pumps, Fall 2009)

The photographs published in "Vogue Homme Japan" had brush strokes in various color added on printed copies.

Media useEdit

Many unique polaroids were sold through various auction company around the world. Some of the photographs from the shoot were used in exhibitions.

Vogtle ContemporaryEdit

Pascal Vogtle's company sold unique polaroids signed by Araki and two limited edition print. Four of these polaroids were first sold through Phillips de Pury.

  1. Limited edition prints
    1. 32.5 x 40.5 cm, signed on verso,
    2. 40.5 x 32.5 cm, signed on verso
  2. Unique signed Polaroids (10.6 x 8.8 cm)

Koki No Shashin: Photographs of A Seventy Year OldEdit

The Aka Ishii Gallery held from May 8 to June 5, 2010 "Koki no shashin: Photographs of A Seventy Year Old" which included around 10 photographs from the 2009 shoot with Lady Gaga. After the exhibition, the Aka Ishii Gallery put the silver gelatin prints used in the exhibition for sale. A book was made from the exhibit. The book released on May 25, 2010 had a limited edition of 500 copies. It had a soft cover and a total of 120 pages (310 photos) on a format of H316 x W261mm.



One of the Polaroids is a reproduction of an image that has been over-painted by Araki. It is part of a series that was published in the Japanese edition of Vogue Homme Japan.

Muses: Sans TitresEdit

The Galerie Kamel Mennour in Paris hosted "Muses: Sans Titres" by Araki through October 14 to November. 26, 2011. The exhibition new print Nobuyoshi Araki made and painted over. They were not the same as the one featured in "Vogue Homme Japan" in 2009.

Ginza GalleryEdit


The following polaroids were either sold or used in a book.



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