Kohei Yoshiyuki  

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"[The Park is] a brilliant piece of social documentation, catching perfectly the loneliness, sadness and desperation that so often accompany sexual or human relationships in a big, hard metropolis like Tokyo."--The Photobook: A History, Volume II by Martin Parr

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Kohei Yoshiyuki (1946 – 2022) was a Japanese photographer who attracted much attention in 1979 with his exhibition "Kōen" (Park) at the Komai Gallery, Tokyo. The black and white photographs were presented in a book published in 1980 that is "nominally a soft-core voyeur's manual", (Parr and Badger, 297.) with photographs of people in sexual activities in Shinjuku and Yoyogi parks (both in Tokyo), mostly with unknown spectators around them. The photographs were taken with a 35 millimetre camera and infrared flashbulbs. Gerry Badger and others have commented on how the photographs raise questions about the boundaries between spectator, voyeur and participant.

Yoshiyuki's works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), and North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh).

Books by Yoshiyuki

  • Dokyumento: Kōen (ドキュメント公園}}, Document: Park). Sebun Mukku 4. Tokyo: Sebun-sha, 1980.
  • Tōsatsu! Sunahama no koibito-tachi: Uwasa no rabu airando sennyū satsueiki (盗撮!砂浜の恋人たち:噂のラブアイランド潜入撮影記}}). Sandē-sha, 1983.
  • Middonaito fōkasu: Mayonaka no sekigaisen tōsatsu (ミッドナイト・フォーカス:真夜中の赤外線盗撮}}). Tokyo: Tokuma, 1989.
  • Yoshiyuki Kōhei shashinshū: Sekigai kōsen (吉行耕平写真集:赤外光線}}). Tokyo: Hokusōsha, 1992.


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