Dreams of the Things that are Inside My Dreams, Volume One, Part Two
Untitled, Kohei Yoshiyuki; 1972
What makes the work extraordinary are the many levels of voyeurism expressed or implied. Yoshiyuki has trained his camera on his countrymen as an African wildlife photographer might track lions by moonlight, or Jacques Cousteau might descend in a bathysphere to study unusual creatures on the ocean floor. The general tone here is amazed but also tender, one of wonder at what a photograph can and can’t convey about so intimate (and ludicrous) a human act. The sexual gestures are seldom explicit. Genital close-ups, the money shots so crucial to pornography, are nowhere to be seen.