Nobuyoshi Araki
[Photographer, b. 1940, Tokyo, lives in Tokyo.]

 I would say my sex drive is weaker than most. However, my lens has a permanent erection. 
 Photography is copying. 
 The camera itself, the photograph itself, calls up death. 
 ...the time when a picture is taken is like an emotion, it’s like a sexual encounter. It’s like a fuck! So, timing is very important. 
 You are either born to be a photographer or not. The art of photography is not something you can learn in the classroom or by watching someone do it. 
 In the act of love, as in photography, there is a form of life and a kind of slow death. 
 Don’t you think that it is necessary to have a sense of brutality in photography? 
 Women? Well, they are gods. They will always fascinate me. As for rope, I always have it with me. Even when I forget my film, the rope is always in my bag. Since I can’t tie their hearts up, I tie their bodies up instead. 
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