In Sotheby's "Photographs" sale in London on 23rd May there are a number of prints by one of Japan's most celebrated artists of all time, the legendary Nobuyoshi Araki. His images often contain a range of dimensions, feelings and desires.

Pleasure and desire have often been described as sinful and shameful, not least in various religious advocates and writings through the centuries.

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What some may characterise as desire, could well be seen as threatening to others. Regardless, few things are as provocative yet so tantalising as nudity and sex. Over 3 000 photographic works can be found on Barnebys today,a number of which deal with human sexuality. Search all photographs on auction now.

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