Kohei Yoshiyuki The Park

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Texts by: Vince Aletti Edited by: Yossi Milo Contributions: Nobuyoshi Araki (1979) English September 2007, 128 Pages, 62 Ills. Hardcover 1mm x 1mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-2085-4
„I am fascinated by this topic.” (Nobuyoshi Araki)

Captured in three Tokyo parks in the early seventies, Kohei Yoshiyuki’s The Park series features some of the most intriguing photographic works of art ever. Shot at night using flash and infrared film, the photographs show hetero- and homosexuals gathering for furtive sexual encounters in the Shinjuku, Yoyogi, and Aoyama parks. These amorous scenes, however, are unpleasantly crowded; even before Yoshiyuki (*1946) approached them with his camera, the couples had become objects of desire for voyeurs. “It’s not the sex in Yoshiyuki’s photographs that is shocking, but rather, it is the reckless, pent-up fascination of the voyeurs—men so possessed that, for the moment, nothing else exists or matters—and the sense that we’ve all been there,” writes Vince Aletti.

The photographs, which generated a great deal of interest when first published in an austere Japanese edition in 1980, are presented here in duotone quality alongside an interview with the artist conducted by Nobuyoshi Araki.

 



Exhibition schedule: Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, September 6–October 20, 2007

 

»The Park by Kohei Yoshiyuki nust be one of the most bizarre photobooks ever published.«

Foam magazine

»A chilling look at sexual escapades and voyeurism in Tokyo's parks at night. [...] The book became one of the season's most-discussed photo books.«

Pdn