The Park. Kohei Yoshiyuki (Japan).
Photographes by Kohei Yoshiyuki
Edited by Yosi Millo
Text by Vince Aletti
Design by Stapelberg & Fritz
Interview with the photographer by Nobuyoshi Araki
Published by Hatje Cantz, 2007. The edition is app 4,500 copies. This book is published in conjunction with the exhibition.
The first edition was published by Seven Sha, Tokyo in 1980.
In early 1970s Kohei Yoshiyuki, a young commercial photographer at that time, walked around the parks watching lovers in the bushes and the peepers watching the scenes. He used 33mm camera with infrared film and flash (enabled him to get images in the dark without the flash being visible) to take nighttime pictures in Japan’s Shinjuku, Yoyogi and Aoyama Parks. They capture the illicit sexual activities that frequently occurred there under the cloak of darkness and the voyeurs.
The photographs have been exhibited first in 1979, at Komai Gallery in Tokyo. For that show the pictures were blown up to life size, the gallery lights were turned off, and each visitor was given a flashlight. Mr. Yoshiyuki wanted to reconstruct the darkness of the park. The oversize prints were destroyed after the show, and the series was originally published in 1980 as a book. (here).
You can still order you copy here.