In the Subway pictures, Araki follows in the footsteps of Walker Evans, shooting multiple frames of bored travelers and commuting salary men riding the crowded trains. These pictures have more narrative to them, displayed in groups of several images, allowing the viewer to watch a scene unfold over a short time window. The Untitled images show us the beginnings of Araki's more erotic vision. In these pictures, the same thin framed woman, with an oval face and big round eyes reminiscent of an anime character, is photographed in various nude poses, from demure to direct.
This exhibit broke many of my preconceived notions and pigeon holes for Araki's work and made a compelling argument that his talents are much broader than generally perceived. Even if you are not a fan of Araki's more recognizable images, this is a well constructed show that brings forth some thought provoking historical precedents for his later work.