Chiro Love Death, by Nobuyoshi Araki


After the death of his wife Yoko in 1990, Araki turned to the cat Chiro that Yoko had found a couple of years earlier, and she would be a constant companion for the next 20 years of his life. Sadly, earlier this year the cat passed away, and this poignant book -- 20 years after Araki's first Chiro book (Chiro, My Love) -- attempts to draw parallels between his wife's passing and Chiro's, including reprinting photos from earlier works.

In an interview with Araki from earlier this year, he says:

Chiro and I had been together ever since my wife, Yoko, passed away. Chiro used to come into my bedroom every morning to wake me up here (points at a photo of his bedroom door), and she used to drink water here while I was in the bath (points at a photo of the bathroom), but that's all gone now. I wouldn't call this exhibition a requiem for me or my work, but for Chiro, it might be. Perhaps it's a requiem for Chiro and for analog photography.

A brief video with some images from the series is available here.

Hardcover, with dustcover and obi. 19cm x 13cm, 112 pages.

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