Collection online

Shukei 終景 (End of Scenery)

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Shukei 終景 (End of Scenery)
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition. One of a limited edition of 1000 copies. Signed copy.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1995
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Curator's comments

    The 'End of Scenery' is one of Araki's most pessimistic books. Chiefly a group of decomposed images the atmosphere is reminiscent of Kawada Kikuji's Map. Araki used a special high-temperature developing technique that caused the emulsion to dissolve, what is common to them is a sense of violence due to the act of disfiguration to the point where the images are difficult to read. Upon closer inspection one finds that amongst the portraits and street-scenes there are a number of obscene images. Araki described these scenes his own 'emotional Landscapes'. The is a smell of atomic war hanging over the book which was published on August 15th 1995 to coincide with end-of-war memorial day. No copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department


  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • PB.19 (Photobook number)

There is no image of this object, or there may be copyright restrictions

Image service:

Request new photography



If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: JCF16140

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 


Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help