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Hi-Nikki (Non-Diary Diary) by Nobuyoshi ArakiCourtesy Nobuyoshi Araki and Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris

Cult photographer Nobuyoshi Araki releases new visual diary

To celebrate the Fondation Cartier’s 30th anniversary, the artist has taken 1,250 photographs of his everyday life

Renowned Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki has teamed up with the Fondation Cartier to release a visual diary of his everyday life.

The prolific artist took 1,250 colour photographs for the project, titled Hi-Nikki (Non-Diary Diary). These include various images of his home in Tokyo, as well as his favourite bars and restaurants in the city. As can be expected of an Araki photo collection, it also features sensual still-life shots and a number of eroticised portraits of young women.

The images, which were originally posted online for a digital project, invite the viewer to dive into the daily life of the cult photographer. Spanning from March to May 2014, they were specially commissioned to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

“My heart beats; I squeeze the shutter,” Araki says of the collection. “Less a diary, more a transcript of time. This is life: when the beat stops, I’ll be dead.”

The 696-page Hi-Nikki (Non-Diary Diary) is available to buy from the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain now