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Kohei Yoshiyuki

Untitled (Plate 36), 1971

Gelatin Silver Print
This is part of a limited edition set.
20 × 24 in
50.8 × 61 cm
Edition of 5 + 3AP
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16 × 20 in
40.6 × 50.8 cm
Edition of 10 + 3AP
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11 × 14 in
27.9 × 35.6 cm
Edition of 10 + 3AP
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location
New York
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The Park
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© Kohei Yoshiyuki, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
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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The Park
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© Kohei Yoshiyuki, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
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

Untitled (Plate 36), 1971

Gelatin Silver Print
This is part of a limited edition set.
20 × 24 in
50.8 × 61 cm
Edition of 5 + 3AP
Contact for price
16 × 20 in
40.6 × 50.8 cm
Edition of 10 + 3AP
Contact for price
11 × 14 in
27.9 × 35.6 cm
Edition of 10 + 3AP
Contact for price
location
New York
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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