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Kohei Yoshiyuki

The Park

A group of 10 photographs
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Each signed and numbered in ink and stamped in red ink on the reverse, framed, 1971-73, printed …

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Each signed and numbered in ink and stamped in red ink on the reverse, framed, 1971-73, printed later, each from an edition of 10 (10).

Each 12 3/8 by 18 1/4 in. (31.4 by 46.3 cm.)

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Beginning in the 1970s, Kohei Yoshiyuki documented the clandestine tryst tradition in Tokyo’s parks, training his …

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Kohei Yoshiyuki
Japanese, b. 1946
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While working as a commercial photographer in Tokyo, Kohei Yoshiyuki took a nighttime stroll through a public park, stumbling across what would become the subject of the strange, disturbing series for which he is famous: couples having sex and the moth-like voyeurs who watch them. Titled “The Park” (1970s), this series of black-and-white photographs was shot with a handheld camera and infrared film. Raw and grainy, the photographs capture the voyeurs from behind, as they surreptitiously approach the couples. The voyeurs-eye view implicates Yoshiyuki, viewers of his work, and photography itself in this violation of privacy. “My intention was to capture what happened in the parks, so I was not a real ‘voyeur’,” he explains. “But I think…the act of taking photographs itself is voyeuristic somehow. So I may be a voyeur, because I am a photographer.”

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About the work
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Each signed and numbered in ink and stamped in red ink on the reverse, framed, 1971-73, printed …

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Each signed and numbered in ink and stamped in red ink on the reverse, framed, 1971-73, printed later, each from an edition of 10 (10).

Each 12 3/8 by 18 1/4 in. (31.4 by 46.3 cm.)

From the Catalogue:
Beginning in the 1970s, Kohei Yoshiyuki documented the clandestine tryst tradition in Tokyo’s parks, training his …

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Medium
Photography
Kohei Yoshiyuki
Japanese, b. 1946
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While working as a commercial photographer in Tokyo, Kohei Yoshiyuki took a nighttime stroll through a public park, stumbling across what would become the subject of the strange, disturbing series for which he is famous: couples having sex and the moth-like voyeurs who watch them. Titled “The Park” (1970s), this series of black-and-white photographs was shot with a handheld camera and infrared film. Raw and grainy, the photographs capture the voyeurs from behind, as they surreptitiously approach the couples. The voyeurs-eye view implicates Yoshiyuki, viewers of his work, and photography itself in this violation of privacy. “My intention was to capture what happened in the parks, so I was not a real ‘voyeur’,” he explains. “But I think…the act of taking photographs itself is voyeuristic somehow. So I may be a voyeur, because I am a photographer.”

Kohei Yoshiyuki

The Park

A group of 10 photographs
Bidding closed
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