Ise, Naiku Shoden: Forked finials and wooden billets placed on the roof ridge, 1993 ©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Transient, Fleeting: The World of Ishimoto Yasuhiro part 23

Ise Shrine A person from the Jingu Museum at the Ise Shrine that I met about two years ago told me that they were “busy with sengu related events.” Surprised to hear that sengu, the periodic reconstruction/relocation of the shrine, is just around the corner again, I checked and found out that the next sengu ceremony was indeed scheduled for 2013. That’s still a few years away, but since there are as many as thirty different events during the period

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Water, 1998 ©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Transient, Fleeting: The World of Ishimoto Yasuhiro part 22

The Artistic Beauty of the Meguro River Can you imagine that this is the water surface of a river? Even after being told that it’s a shot of the Meguro River, to me it looks like a modern ink painting. The Meguro River is a river in urban Tokyo that crosses the Meguro and Shinagawa wards before arriving at Tokyo Bay. “The water downstream is dirty and black, but that’s actually what makes it look beautiful in photographs. When photographing

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Color and Form, 1980s ©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Color and Language, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

The vivid color photographs created by the technique of multiple exposure represent a series that Ishimoto has dedicated himself to over half a century. Utilizing this method of projecting multiple images onto the same piece of film, Ishimoto combined the organic shapes of trees, and the straight lines of architectural constructions, with colors found at various places in the city. Different from the conventional method of photographing by focusing on a subject with a certain idea of the final picture

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Chicago, Child(1959-61) from "Chicago, Chicago" ©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Exhibition Chicago, Chicago

Having studied the concept and methodology of modern photography at the Institute of Design in Chicago after the war, Ishimoto Yasuhiro developed his own austere formative and compositional sensibility backed by the philosophy of Bauhaus style modern design, for which Kochi-raised Ishimoto became one of the most nationally and internationally renowned photographers in Japan. Ishimoto came back in Japan right after his graduation from ID, however he returned to Chicago and lived there again between 1959 and ’61. With those

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