Kohei Yoshiyuki

Kohei Yoshiyuki

is 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", 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 (Document: Park). Sebun Mukku 4. Tokyo: Sebun-sha, 1980.
  • Tōsatsu! Sunahama no koibito-tachi: Uwasa no rabu airando sennyū satsueiki (). Sandē-sha, 1983. ISBN 4-88203-022-5.
  • Middonaito fōkasu: Mayonaka no sekigaisen tōsatsu (). Tokyo: Tokuma, 1989. ISBN 4-19-503985-4
  • Yoshiyuki Kōhei shashinshū: Sekigai kōsen (). Tokyo: Hokusōsha, 1992. ISBN 4-938620-36-7.



  • Parr, Martin, and Gerry Badger. The Photobook: A History. Vol. 2. London: Phaidon, 2006. ISBN 0-7148-4433-0.

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