Tokyo, Yamanote-Line, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

Having been based in Tokyo since returning from Chicago in 1953, Ishimoto Yasuhiro continued to capture faces of society from within the neighborhood he was living in. In order to document the dramatic transformations of the mega city “Tokyo” on its way into the economic bubble of the 1980s, Ishimoto focused on the areas around the 29 stations of the Yamanote Line, for which he chose 8×10 inch large format film for its high resolution and plasticity.
The resulting pictures showcased the new Tokyo Metropolitan Government under construction; brand new tall buildings contrasting with old wooden houses by the wayside; female high school students sporting the latest hairstyles posing in front of the Saigo Takamori monument in Ueno Park; and other aspects of the particular atmosphere and social conditions in the ’80s. The photographs were published in the “Yamanote Line 29” series as part of an “urban inspections” special issue of Asahi Camera (1983). Even after the publication, Ishimoto continued working on the series.
Eventually spanning approximately ten years, the series is a basic visual representation of Ishimoto’s view of the city shaped through his long-term observations in Tokyo starting in the years of recovery right after the war.

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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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