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 well-known Gamble House and Blacker House, Ishimoto paid minute attention to details of materials, joints and seams, and the relationship between building and garden, capturing his subjects once again according to his distinguished sense of design.

 

Greene & Greene
With their architectural firm they established and ran together in Pasadena, California, brothers Charles (1868-1957) and Henry (1870-1954) Greene from Cincinnati, Ohio, exerted a profound influence on American architecture in the early 20th century. They are primarily known for elegant residential building designs inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and Japanese traditional architecture.

 

 

The Exhibition Related Special Lecture
The Spell of Japan in California:
Greene & Greene Architecture and the Photography of Ishimoto Yasuhiro

by  Edward “Ted” Bosley
Director, The Gamble House
University of Southern California School of Architecture

Date and Time: Sunday, 9 April, 2017   14:00-15:30
Venue: Lecture room in the Museum of Art, Kochi
Free, booking is not required, 50 seats available on first-come basis on the day


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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