I think it would be fair to say that Araki is largely known in the West as a sex-crazed pornographer, and this description could certainly apply to a not insignificant portion of his work. What's less known, though, is that Araki's work has an incredibly wide range: food, flowers, the sky, street scenery and cats, to name just a few things, all appear regularly in his work. Last year, an exhibition at Japan's Izu Photo Museum attempted to display every photobook that Araki had ever published. There were more than 450 photobooks on display—and a few more were released during the period of the show. If nothing else, this sheer quantity speaks to Araki's prolific output. But why has he been able to produce so much work, anyway? I'd venture that Araki is always trying to remove any barriers between his own life and his photography. Any part of his personal experience can become his work, and Araki is faithful to this idea, whether it means photographing something as mundane as a piece of pizza (you should see Araki's pizza photos!) or as emotionally traumatizing as the death of his wife.