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Kohei YOSHIYUKI "Document Koen" 1980 1st Edition


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Kohei YOSHIYUKI, photographer. "Document Park" - "Document Koen." Nobuyoshi ARAKI, introduction and interview of the photographer. Japan: Seven Sha, 1980, First Edition, PB, dj, 26 cm x 21 cm, 112 pp, 78 b/w gravure plates. References: Bertolotti, Books of Nudes, pp 190-191. Parr & Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume 2, pp296-297: "The abstract, somewhat inexplicit nature of "Document Kouen (Document Park)" raises few issues regarding the depiction of sex, but it does generate a whole slew of questions concerning voyeurism, privacy and stalking. It may indeed be considered a documentary book about sexual practices rather than a sex book in itself, although the voyeuristic nature of the images feeds back into both what is going on and how it was documented. To make the book, Yoshiyuki trawled the Shinjuku and Yoyogi parks in Tokyo, both notorious for nocturnal sexual activity, and photographed the 'goings-on' with infrared flash, which enabled him to get images in the dark without the flash being visible. One suspects that this was done less for reasons of concealment and more for the brittle, indeterminate aesthetic produced, for these seem to be semi-public events, with more voyeuristic spectators than people actually taking part in the various sexual activities The book is divided into three parts -- firstly heterosexual activities, followed by gay cruising and, finally, abstracted stills from the pornographic videos shown in love hotels. As the book progresses everything gets less specific, until the final images are almost totally abstract, depicting the anonymity of such sexual encounters. Printed in rough gravure, and nominally a soft-core voyeur's manual, Document Kouen is somewhat short on titillation. It is, however, a brilliant piece of social documentation, catching perfectly the loneliness, sadness and desperation that so often accompany sexual or human relationships in a big metropolis like Tokyo." One of the most notorious and collectible photo books from Japan. Condition: Fairly Good, interior has a few foxing areas, dj has quite a bit of wear.