ABOUT THE BOOK
For his notorious Park photos, taken by night in Tokyo’s Shinjuku, Yoyogi, and Aoyama parks during the 1970s, Kohei Yoshiyuki used a 35mm camera, infrared film and flash to capture a secret community of lovers and voyeurs. His pictures document the people who gathered in these parks at night for clandestine trysts, as well as the many spectators lurking in the bushes who watched—and sometimes participated in—these couplings.
With their raw, snapshot-like quality, these images not only uncover the hidden sexual exploits of their subjects, both same-sex and heterosexual, but they also serve as a chronicle of a Japan we rarely see. As Martin Parr writes in The Photobook: A History Volume II, The Park is “a brilliant piece of social documentation, capturing perfectly the loneliness, sadness and desperation that so often accompany sexual or human relationships in a big, hard metropolis like Tokyo.”
This newly designed, comprehensive edition of Kohei Yoshiyuki: The Park brings this collectible classic back into print with eight never-before-seen images, as well as documentation of the sold-out 1980 Japanese zines that predated the 2007 Hatje Cantz/Yossi Milo edition.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Japanese photographer Kohei Yoshiyuki was born in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, in 1946, and first came to prominence with the 1979 debut of his Park photos at the Komei Gallery, Tokyo. Kohei Yoshiyuki had his premiere exhibition outside of Japan at Yossi Milo Gallery in New York in 2007, and his photos are held in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Swedish Arts Council, Stockholm; and Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY. An accompanying exhibition marking the fortieth anniversary of The Park series will be held at Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, in 2020.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
Yossi Milo is the founder and owner of Yossi Milo Gallery. The Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting the work of international contemporary artists specializing in photography, video, and works on paper. Established in 2000, the gallery is known for presenting premiere New York exhibitions by emerging and established artists. Vince Aletti is a curator, writer, and photography critic who writes regularly for The New Yorker, and has contributed to many photography books, most recently, Peter Hujar: Lost Downtown; Aletti received the Infinity Award for writing from The International Center for Photography. Nobuyoshi Araki is one of Japan’s most established photographers. Known for his controversial pictures of nude Japanese women, often involved in the art of kinbaku, Araki has published over 400 books, and has continued his signature style since the early 1970s. His work resides in some of the most significant public and private collections worldwide.