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Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Gregory Barker Gregory Barker selects Marvelous Tales of Black Ink by Nobuyoshi Araki as Book of the Week.
Marvelous Tales of Black Ink. By Nobuyoshi Araki.
Morel Books, 2015.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from Gregory Barker who has selected Marvelous Tales of Black Ink by Nobuyoshi Araki from Morel Books.

"For a photographer who has had upwards of 400 books of his work published, it's a rare thing to become excited by the release of a new title. Nobuyoshi Araki's Marvelous Tales of Black Ink, recently published by Morel is, however, something of an exception. By no means new territory for the Japanese photographer, the immaculate black and white images are of his staple subject — women clad tradition clothing or nude and bound in a familiar way. Where this book breaks free a little perhaps, as well as its inclusions of beautiful floral still lives, is through the coy phrases drawn by hand over each image i.e.. 'sex-lovers will collapse one day.' Simply designed with a subtly embossed dust jacket of thick white card and presented at a pleasingly large size that will defy even the most accommodating book shelf, I would highly recommend it." —Gregory Barker


Marvelous Tales of Black Ink. By Nobuyoshi Araki. Morel Books, 2015.
Marvelous Tales of Black Ink. By Nobuyoshi Araki. Morel Books, 2015.

Gregory Barker is a London based editor and consultant. Alongside his wife Rachel he is the co-founder of STANLEY/BARKER, an arts publishing company that produces highly individual photo books, and the Commissioning Editor at HOTSHOE — the UK’s leading contemporary photographic magazine. 

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