Tokyo: (Seven Sha), (1980). First Edition. Wraps. Small 4to. Pictorial wraps, moderately edgeworn and scuffed, with some small tears to spine ends. Lacking obi. Fading to covers. Small scuff mark to ffep; interior otherwise clean and unmarked. Text in Japanese. 112pp. Very good / very good. Item #21938
Classic photobook featuring 78 black and white photographs taken surreptitiously in Shinjuku and Yoyoki parks in Tokyo, both notorious for semi-public sexual activities. Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II, as an example of a "'soft-core' pornographic photobook" that goes beyond its obvious function to offer "oblique but fascinating insights into Japanese society;" Yoshiyuki used an infared flash to photograph both participants and other observers without alerting them. Said by Parr & Badger to "generate a whole slew of questions concerning voyeurism, privacy and stalking [...] a brilliant piece of social documentation, catching perfectly the loneliness, sadness and desperation that so often accompany sexual or human relationsihps in a big, hard metropolis like Tokyo." Followed by an interview with the photographer by Nobuyoshi Araki.