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Intimate Photography: Tokyo, Nostalgia and Sex

Thursday, November 23, 2006 Posted: 10:21 AM JST

In an excellent interview published in the Japan Times today, controversial (to some) Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki likens photography to making love. "The time," Araki says, "when a picture is taken is like an emotion, it's like a sexual encounter. It's like a f--k! So, timing is very important. ... Taking pictures is a lot like sexual foreplay. Even though sex ends in an orgasm, it is not just a f--k. A lot of my pictures are foreplay but the best ones are orgasms." (More about Araki on Wikipedia)

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