Japanese photographer Kohei Yoshiyuki made a splash for himself during the 1970s for his photographic series, “Kōen” (公園, Park), where he ventured into Shinjuku and Yoyogi Parks at night (both located in Tokyo, Japan), and photographed couples engaging in coitus with his trusty 35mm camera and infrared flashbulbs. Voyeuristic, yes…a bit sleezy, perhaps…but what his series captured was something a bit more surprising. Yoshiyuki reveals a hidden world where groups and couples engaged in sexual activity in front of unknown spectators around them, as lines between “voyeur” and “participant” became blurred.
Yoshiyuki’s works are in the collections of the museums in all around the world including several here in the States, such as 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).
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