“Over 4,000 pictures!” the press officer shouts with enthusiasm over the phone the day after the opening of the most comprehensive exhibition of 65-year-old Nobuyoshi Araki’s photographs to date.

“Self.Life.Death” is currently showing at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, and spans Araki’s entire career from his early days as a photographer working at the advertising agency Dentsu, when he was taking pictures of petchan (Pepsi bottles), to his most recent shots commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of the war. The exhibition also includes a display of almost 300 of his books, as well as a recent documentary made by U.S. filmmaker Travis Klose.

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