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Tuesday, 2 March 2010

The Park


The Park is a collection of photographs capturing couples copulating in various Tokyo parks by photographer Kohei Yoshiyuki. The photographs were first shown in 1979, at Komai Gallery, Tokyo.

What's interesting -aside from the obvious- are the "peepers" as Yoshiyuki refers to them in the book. Men, sometimes by the septet, watching unbeknownst to the couple. Sometimes less than a foot from the couples themselves.

Kohei Yoshiyuki on the photos: "Before taking those pictures, I visited the parks for about six months without shooting them. I behaved like I had the same interest as the voyeurs, but I was equipped with a small camera. My intention was to capture what happened in the parks, so I was not a real 'voyeur' like them. But I think, in a way, the act of taking photographs itself is voyeuristic somehow. So I may be a voyeur, because I am a photographer. The couples were not aware of the voyeurs in most cases."

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