Chicago, Halloween (1959-61)
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center
Chicago, Town (1959-61)
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center
Chicago, Town (around 1960)
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center
Chicago, Snow and Car (around 1950)
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Katsura (1981-82)  ©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Transient, Fleeting: The World of Ishimoto Yasuhiro part 12

The Beautiful Simplicity of the Katsura Imperial Villa The stage this time is Japan. One of Ishimoto’s most representative set of works is the “Katsura” series of photographs of the Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto. The airy rhythms that shoji screens and tatami mats create in the soft light; the multiple straight lines of the roofs’ edges; the modernist style expressed through lines and surfaces; the delicate arrangement of steppingstones… Encountering this set of photographs that highlight the appeal of

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Chicago, Town (around 1960)  ©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Transient, Fleeting: The World of Ishimoto Yasuhiro part 11

The Final Years in Chicago “Half a year after returning to America, Shigeru (Ishimoto’s wife) found employment at S.H. Mori’s gallery selling works of Japanese arts and crafts, while I started working as a photographer. With the Minolta SR1 over my shoulder, and usually about ten rolls of film in my pockets, I was crisscrossing the city of Chicago from one end to the other.” (Asahi Camera, 1962) During the second period of Ishimoto’s stay in Chicago between 1959 and

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Chicago Beach, 1948-52
(c)Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Beach, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

Ishimoto Yasuhiro is a Kochi native photographer who has gained a worldwide reputation for creating works charged with exquisite formative sensibility and beautiful harmonies of black and white. After learning the basics of photography at the Institute of Design that was adopting the Bauhaus style in post-war Chicago, Ishimoto returned and settled down in Japan, but continued to photograph beach sceneries in both Japan and America. On display here is one representative series of works showing scenes of people gathering

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(c)Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Little Ones, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

Ishimoto Yasuhiro is primarily known for his exquisitely structured, modern and intelligent photographic works as displayed in Katsura, a collection of pictures of the Katsura Imperial Villa that blends Japanese tradition and Western modernism. In his early career, however, he often chose children as his photographic subjects. Characterized by Ishimoto’s trademark picture composition, the results are lively depictions of children in the slums of Chicago that are populated by immigrants from various countries, and children playing in the back-alleys of Tokyo

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Chicago Little Ones, 1948-50
(c)Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Friends and Student Days in Chicago, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

Having grown up in his parents’ hometown, after graduating from the local high school Ishimoto Tasuhiro left Japan for the USA, where he enrolled at the Chicago Institute of Design* to study photography. The curriculum based on the educational philosophy of the Bauhaus school began with classes teaching the basics and aesthetics behind creative work, which for Ishimoto meant not only studying the ideas and methods of modern photography, but also cultivating the formative sensibility that would constitute the bedrock

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Chicago Little Ones, 1948-50
(c)Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Friends and Student Days in Chicago, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

Friends and Student Days in Chicago – 1 Friends and Student Days in Chicago – 2    

(c) Kochi Prececture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Reconstruction: Diogenes with a Camera V, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

Reconstruction: Diogenes with a Camera V – 1 Reconstruction: Diogenes with a Camera V – 2    

(c) Kochi Prececture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Portrait, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

Portrait – 1 Portrait – 2

(c) Kochi Prececture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Little Ones, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

Little Ones – 1 (Chicago) Little Ones – 2 (Japan)    

The Gamble House, 1974
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

The Houses of California, Greene & Greene, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

In 1974, Ishimoto Yasuhiro visited Pasadena, California, to take photographs of residential houses made by the American architects Greene & Greene. The brothers, Charles and Henry Greene designed a number of elegant timber-frame buildings incorporating aspects of Japanese architecture in the 1900s, which earned them a reputation as “the last and only stars” of the American Arts and Crafts movement. Just like in his previous pictures of the Katsura Imperial Villa, in his photographs of six residential buildings including the

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