Chicago, Halloween (1959-61)
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center
《シカゴ 街》(1960年頃)
  ©高知県,石元泰博フォトセンター
《桂》(1981-82年)  ©高知県,石元泰博フォトセンター

Chicago, Halloween (1959-61)
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Transient, Fleeting: The World of Ishimoto Yasuhiro part 7

Children at Halloween The photograph introduced in the previous installment of this series shows a girl playing at a park. The girl is tied to a tree, and to many it obviously looked as if she was being abused. Children are sometimes ruthless and cruel. It probably was some kind of game in which brave boys would free the captured heroine. Children’s games are changing with the times (in different ways depending on the country). Yasuhiro Ishimoto used to play

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Chicago, Little Ones
1948-50
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Transient, Fleeting: The World of Ishimoto Yasuhiro part 6

Between Two Countries As this year (2005) marked the 60th anniversary of the end of the war, various media had put together special programs reviewing the war. NHK’s “Shin-Nichiyo Bijutsukan” (“Sunday Museum”) did a showcase of internationally renowned sculptor Isamu Noguchi’s work. The program shed light on the issue that his plans for the Hiroshima Peace Memorial were rejected for the simple reason that he was American. The cenotaph for the A-bomb victims was eventually made by Kenzo Tange, and

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Chicago, North Avenue Beach
1948-52
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Transient, Fleeting: The World of Ishimoto Yasuhiro part 5

North Avenue Beach One of the Chicagoans’ favorite leisure activities in summer is swimming in the lake. Chicago is located in the inland region and therefore remote from the seashore, so their beach is at Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes. Covering an area of 58,000km2 (about 90 times that of Lake Biwa), Lake Michigan is not only the sixth biggest lake in the world, but it also has beautiful sandy beaches. When standing on the lake’s edge,

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Chicago, North Avenue Beach
1948-52
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Transient, Fleeting: The World of Ishimoto Yasuhiro part 5

North Avenue Beach One of the Chicagoans’ favorite leisure activities in summer is swimming in the lake. Chicago is located in the inland region and therefore remote from the seashore, so their beach is at Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes. Covering an area of 58,000km2 (about 90 times that of Lake Biwa), Lake Michigan is not only the sixth biggest lake in the world, but it also has beautiful sandy beaches. When standing on the lake’s edge,

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Chicago, Little Ones
c.1960
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Transient, Fleeting: The World of Ishimoto Yasuhiro part 4

Black People’s Quarters in Chicago Every year between June and August, Chicago turns into a stage for a variety of blues and jazz festivals such as the Chicago Blues Festival, the world’s biggest admission-free blues festival that has been attracting hordes of blues fans to the city. The event offers an extensive program of blues performed by musicians ranging from amateurs to professionals, and even though black music styles tend to be associated with the southern states, Chicago has turned

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Chicago, Town 
1959-61
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Transient, Fleeting: The World of Ishimoto Yasuhiro part 3

The New Bauhaus The Chicago Institute of Design (aka New Bauhaus) was established in Chicago in 1937. The faculty consisted of a number of leading figures in the realms of modern architecture and photography, such as photographers Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, as well as architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Buckminster Fuller, creator of the Fuller Dome. Ishimoto studied here from 1948 until 1952. In addition to the Photography department, the New Bauhaus had Design, Architecture

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Chicago, Town , 1951
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Transient, Fleeting: The World of Ishimoto Yasuhiro part 2

Black Woman and White Baby In the terminal phase of World War II, Ishimoto left the Amache Japanese Internment Camp in Colorado, and found in Chicago the city where he chose to settle down. Before the end of the war, he was permitted to leave the camp, but it was still forbidden to go to the coastal areas. While Chicago, as I wrote in the previous part, is also called the “Windy City”, the State of Illinois where Chicago is

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Chicago, Town , 1959-61
© Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center, Kochi Prefecture

Transient, Fleeting: The World of Ishimoto Yasuhiro part 1

Chicago, The Windy City Ishimoto Yasuhiro is a leading Japanese photographer who captured cityscapes of Chicago and Tokyo, children, and the Japanese traditional architecture of the Katsura Imperial Villa and Ise Jingu Shrine, in photographs combining warmth and exacting picture composition. Following is a brief summary of his career that is intended to serve as a basic introduction for all those unfamiliar with Ishimoto Yasuhiro, and as a reminder for those familiar with his work. Ishimoto was born in 1921

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シカゴ 雪と車_1948-52年

Ishimoto Yasuhiro exhibition, What a Wonderful World 3

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Ishimoto Yasuhiro exhibition, What a Wonderful World 2

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