Photo by Mari Sarai

Mari was born in Japan and lives in London, she worked al lot in fashion and music photography, before eventually starting to make a living from it about ten years ago. Her work has been featured in Harpers Bazaar, Vogue and much fashion advertising. Recently she launched her first European exhibition in London that also coincided with the launch of her book NAKED, this monograph is her first series of female nudes. Sarai’s supermodel and artist subjects radiate a daring sexuality, her intention is to praise womens nudity through a female gaze, and bring courage to all strong females. Let’s find out more!

Naked book cover, photo by Mari Sarai

Could you please explain the creative path that led to your present poetics?
Well, I was always liked cameras and people. This is the greatest collaboration.

When approaching a commissioned shoot, what are your sources? How do you prepare?
I just follow the theme first. And start researching a lots of ideas.

Photo by Mari Sarai

What if you end up being uninspired? Any tip or trick?
I am normally inspired easily. Never be stuck in it.

Could you please tell us more about your latest exhibition “Naked”?
It is all about a celebration of 21st century woman.

Which of your commissioned works did you like the most? Why?
My very old cover story in Commons and scenes magazine, about 10 years ago. The story made my direction and I still follow that direction.

Photo by Mari Sarai

What is the most common trouble in you job? How do you cope with that?
Being Japanese, I am sometimes too polite. Try to be harsh!

Is there a medium / technique that you haven’t tried yet that you’d like to experiment in the future?
Want to shoot more video from now on.

Photo by Mari Sarai

Future plans?
The Naked series will be my life work. I want all the people to know about me and my naked photos.

Who is the woman you’d like to see featured / interviewed here?
Beyonce and Tina Turner!

Mari Sarai