Kohei Yoshiyuki: The Park

Kohei Yoshiyuki. The Park (Shinjuku), Gelatin Silver Print, 1971

It took me a while to track the name of Kohei Yoshiyuki. What fascinated me most first time I stumbled upon these infrared images from the series The Park was their presentation. To my knowledge, during the exhibition the prints were hanging in a dark gallery. The visitors were given little torches so they could light up the dark trails of The Park and indulge in the secrets unfolding among cruising gay men, peeping toms, and sexual encounters in public spaces. I think the presentation places the spectators into a ambivalent situation where discomfort of intruding private encounters mingles with voyeurism.