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This is an article I originally wrote for Art Cat’s The Zine, published October 18, 2007. Read the original article here.

Kohei Yoshiyuki, from the series The Park, 1971, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery.

Kohei Yoshiyuki, from the series The Park, 1971, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery.

The Park
Kohei Yoshiyuki
Yossi Milo Gallery – 525 West 25th Street New York, NY
6 September – 20 October, 2007

If you have read anything about Kohei Yoshiyuki’s show The Park, currently on view at Yossi Milo Gallery, you know the basic story — that Yoshiyuki went about photographing young lovers coupling in Toyko’s public parks and the many men who watched them do it. As told to The New York Times columnist Philip Gefter, the story goes that one night in the early 1970’s while innocently photographing lit skyscrapers, Yoshiyuki strolled through a local park and happened upon a group of men secretly watching a couple fool around. The couple seemed unaware of the rapt audience and went about their business unperturbed. Intrigued, Yoshiyuki decided to shift the focus of his camera lens away from the steel phallus to real phallus. After spending months infiltrating and observing these clandestine gatherings sans camera, Yoskiyuki began documenting the events without disrupting the lovers or the peeping toms, using a film camera outfitted with an infrared flash.

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