Kohei Yoshiyuki exhibited at the Rencontres d’Arles in Arles, France (2014) and various biennales including Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy (2013); Gwangju Biennale in Gwangju, Korea (2008). He also participated in museum exhibitions such as “Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera” at The Tate Modern in London, UK (2010). Yoshiyuki’s works are held in numerous museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago in the USA.
The Park / 1971-1979
The Park is a series of black and white photographs taken in Shinjuku, Yoyogi and Aoyama parks in Tokyo during the 1970s. With infrared film and flash, Yoshiyuki photographed people who gathered at night at these parks for trysts behind the bushes. The images also documented how “outsiders” lurked in the bushes to watch and to touch the couplings in action. 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.”