From publisher: " Kinbaku, meaning bondage, is the signature motif of this specific body of work, Bokuju Kitan / Marvellous Tales of Black Ink. Traditionally used in pornographic works, bondage is rarely associated with artistic motivation. However, since 1979, Araki has depicted the theme through a creative lens. Although considered provocative, he has interpreted this subject matter with imaginative artistry and his works, undoubtedly thought provoking, evolve in a poetic dimension. In composing this series, Bokuju Kitan / Marvellous Tales of Black Ink, Araki selected 88 images from his 30 years worth of Kinbaku work and hand-painted calligraphy on each photograph. In these unique, oversized gelatin silver prints, never before exhibited, we witness Araki’s imagination running undeterred playing with the varied, lyrical meanings Japanese characters allow whilst seamlessly involving his dark sense of humour. " Rare Araki book from 2008 to accompany the exhibition Bokujo Kitan (Marvelous Tales of Black Ink) at Hamiltons Gallery in London - perhaps one of his most graphic collections. Beautifully printed with striking black and white tones. Not officially sold, so now quite scarce. Near fine to fine with very faint shelfwear.