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Kohei YOSHIYUKI "Document yoru no Koen" 1981 Photobook


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Kohei YOSHIYUKI, photographer. "Dokyumento yoru no koen ― kurayami no rabu uotchingu" - "Park at night document - Love-watching in the dark." Shinya KIMURA, text. Japan: Sunday Sha, 1981, First Edition, PB, dj, 18 cm x 12 cm, 239 pp, Japanese text.

The original Document Koen is one of the most notorious photobooks from Japan. This follow-up paperback features photos from the first section of that book with text and diagrams.

"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... 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."--Parr & Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume 2, pp. 296-297

Condition: Very Good.