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Kohei Yoshiyuki
The Park
HC, 30 x 22 cm., o.pp.
Hatje Cantz / Yossi Milo 2007

Der definitive must-have! Das Buch, bekannt aus der Auswahl von Parr / Badger, jetzt von Yossi Milo editiert, mit einem Text von Vince Aletti, und einem Gespräch zwischen Araki und Yoshiyuki! Die voyeuristischen Serien Part 1, Part 2 und Love Hotel sind auch 25 Jahre nach der Ersterscheinung von sensationeller Wirkung. Mit Infrarot und Blitz fotografierte Kohei - San in öffentlichen Parks Gruppen von Menschen beim, naja, Kuscheln, Stöbern, Schauen, Schleichen, Bücken, Grapschen, Suchen, Öffnen, Krabbeln, Umarmen, Fühlen, ... also bei dem, was man so in Parks nach Einfall der Dunkelheit macht.

"Why are the Japanese couples in Kohei Yoshiyuki's photographs having sex outdoors? Was 1970s Tokyo so crowded, its apartments so small, that they were forced to seek privacy in public parks at night? And what about those peeping toms? Are the couples as oblivious as they seem to the gawkers trespassing on their nocturnal intimacy?
If the social phenomena captured in these photographs seem distinctly linked to Japanese culture, Yoshiyuki's images of voyeurs reverberate well beyond it. Viewing his pictures means that you too are looking at activities not meant to be seen. We line up right behind the photographer, surreptitiously watching the peeping toms who are secretly watching the couples. Voyeurism is us." Philip Gefter, Herald Tribune -

 


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