Document Park. Photographs and text by Kohei Yoshiyuki. Introduction by Nobuyoshi Araki. Seven Sha, Tokyo, 1980. 112 pp. Quarto. First edition. Stiff wrappers in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Publisher's blue obi. Black-and-white reproductions.
"[Document Kouen] is a brilliant piece of social documentation, catching perfectly the loneliness, sadness and desperation that so often accompany sexual or human relationships in a big, hard metropolis like Tokyo."--Parr & Badger, The Photobook, A History, Vol. II
A new edition of Document Park accompanied a 2007 show at Yossi Milo gallery in New York.
Captured in three Tokyo parks in the early 1970s, Kohei Yoshiyuki’s Document Park series features some of the most intriguing photographic works of art ever. Shot at night using flash and infrared film, the photographs show hetero- and homosexuals gathering for furtive sexual encounters in the Shinjuku, Yoyogi, and Aoyama parks. These amorous scenes, however, are unpleasantly crowded; even before Yoshiyuki (*1946) approached them with his camera, the couples had become objects of desire for voyeurs. "It’s not the sex in Yoshiyuki’s photographs that is shocking, but rather, it is the reckless, pent-up fascination of the voyeurs—men so possessed that, for the moment, nothing else exists or matters—and the sense that we’ve all been there," writes Vince Aletti. The sixty photographs, which generated a great deal of interest when first published in an austere Japanese edition in 1980, are presented here in duotone quality with an interview with the artist conducted by Nobuyoshi Araki. "--from the Publisher's Description of the 2007 edition
Fine+ in Fine- dust jacket and Fine+ belly band; extremities of jacket show a bit of wear.