The Park 1971-1973
Signed / Limited Edition: 1000
By using a camera equipped with infrared film and filtered flash Kohei Yoshiyuki (born in 1946) photographed of couples having sex in the parks in Tokyo and the voyeurs watching them through the darkness. Yoshiyuki published the photobook, “Document: Koen [Park]” in 1980 of these photographs produced between 1971 and 1973 together with the photographs of the gay couples newly taken in 1979 for the book.
His first solo exhibition abroad, a collection of these images from the “The Park” was held nearly 30 years later at Yossi Milo Gallery in New York in 2007, and the book “Kohei Yoshiyuki: The Park” (with 62 images) was published by Hatje Cantz/Yossi Milo Gallery in the same year. Since then, this Yoshiyuki's project received global acclaim resulting in exhibitions throughout the US and Europe, such as 2008 Berlin Biennale, 2009 PhotoEspana, 2012 Liverpool Biennal, and 2013 Venice Biennale.
It is a social document of the megalopolis of Tokyo in the 70s, raising questions related to human desire, privacy, and voyeurism. In an essay “Voyeurism and Appropriation in Kohei Yoshiyuki’s The Park,” Marco Bohr accurately described the fabric of this amazing photographic work. “Yoshiyuki thus sets out a complex dynamic of looking and being-looked-at which can be deduced into this formula: a couple kisses in the park, the couple is watched by voyeurs, the photographer photographs the couples being watched by voyeurs, and finally, the viewer looks at a photograph depicting voyeurs looking at a couple kissing in the park. In other words, not only the photographer but also the viewer of the photograph become incidental voyeurs in the act of looking.
This tabloid-style “The Park 1971-73” was published on the occasion of his exhibition in Tokyo in 2011.
It includes 14 best known images from the series.
- Book Size
- 297 × 420 mm
- 16 pages
- Publication Date
Born 1946 in Hiroshima. Caused a stir with infrared photographs of couples and voyeurs gathering in parks at night, published as a series in Weekly Shincho in 1972. He started working as a house photographer for a British news agency in ’74, and eventually went freelance in ’78, working mainly for magazines such as Focus and Shashin Gendai. His solo exhibition “Kōen (Park)” was held at Komai Gallery in 1979. In 2007, the exhibition “The Park” at New York’s Yossi Milo Gallery, featuring new prints of photos contained in the book Dokyumento: Kōen (Document: Park), kicked off a string of further solo shows around the world. Collections of his works are being kept at numerous museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo books include Dokyumento: Kōen (1980), Sekigai Kosen (Infrared Light) (’92), and The Park (2007).