"Shamanatsu (engl.= Summer) 2011 contains 2 distinct series of work.
The 1st is a series of torn studio portraits shot with his trusty Leica, the 2nd shot with a Fuji 6x7 comprises large format views of Tokyo Street Life."
""The third and most beautiful of three ARAKI books published by Rathole Gallery in 2011, 'Shamanatsu' continues on with the artist's personal destructive alteration of physical photographs.
The book is divided into two parts, the first being pictures taken with his Leica over the past 5 years from various commercial assignments and personal experiences.
Each print has been unsettlingly and completely torn in half only to be mended back together with cellophane tape across the front the prints. The publisher did a marvelous job recreating the shimmer of the tape on each page.
The second half of the book is a series of images Araki took over the unusually hot 2011 summer with a new Fuji 6x7 camera purchased earlier in the year.
In a recent interview in the mens' fashion and culture magazine, HUGE, ARAKI states clearly that Shamanatsu is not any sort of Art with deep meaning, but simply the photographic manifestation of his own physiology.
He also added that after his new camera broke this series came to its sudden end." (Marc FEUSTEL, in: 'Photobooks 2011: a view from Japan', source: http://www.marcfeustel.com/eyecurious/photobooks-2011-a-view-from-japan)
'Shamanatsu (dt.= Sommer) 2011' besteht aus zwei Teilen: Studio-Portraits mit seiner Leica im ersten Teil, sowie Straßenszenen während eines extrem heißen Sommers in Tokio, aufgenommen mit einer Fuji 6x7-Kamera.
Die Schwarz-Weiß-Aufnahmen in 'Shamanatsu 2011' sind fantastisch gedruckt, besonders hervorzuheben ist die Wiedergabe des Tapes, mit dem die originären Portrait-Aufnahmen zusammengeklebt waren.