Nude, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

After having received his education in cutting-edge modern design and photography in America, Ishimoto moved his base to Tokyo in 1953. While exhibiting the photographs he had taken as a student, he worked on his well-known “Katsura Imperial Villa” series, and at the same time, dedicated much of his time also to shooting photos for Japanese photography journals. Next to series focusing on children or sceneries of Tokyo, his nude photographs represent another noteworthy chapter in Ishimoto’s oeuvre. In the

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Ishimoto Yasuhiro Centennial

Ishimoto Yasuhiro (1921-2012), a photographer with roots in Kochi, has been highly regarded in Japan and abroad for his clear focus on the essence of his photographic subjects, as well as strictly compositional concepts. Born in San Francisco as a son of agricultural immigrants, Ishimoto spent his childhood in Takaoka-gun (today Tosa City) in Kochi Prefecture, before moving back to the US to study cutting-edge modern design after the war. His studies at the Chicago school that is commonly known

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The Eleven-Faced Goddess of Mercy of Kokoku, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

Shiga prefecture, known as Omi province through the early modern period, is next door to Nara and Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capitals. Located where people were moving about extensively and trade flourished, the area developed not only through land transport but also water transport on Lake Biwa. Moreover, the western side of Lake Biwa (Kosei) is territory of great religious significance, for there are located the Hira Mountains, which include Mount Hiei, where Enryakuji Temple, a Tendai Buddhist temple, was founded

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The Election 1960, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

Sixty years ago, in 1960, the USA was in an election year just like now in 2020. It happened to be the time when Ishimoto was living in Chicago, where he took a large number of photographs to capture the mood of the moment. He imposed on himself the task of photographing people – which he was aware of as something he wasn’t particularly good at – and started roaming the streets of Chicago, walking and shooting until the soles

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Tokyo – from the “Eizo no Gendai” series, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

Initiated by Yamagishi Shoji, an editor/producer and at once a leading figure in the world of Japanese photography in the 1960s-70s, “Eizo no Gendai” was a series of books showcasing the works of such spirited photographers as Moriyama Daido, Tomatsu Shomei and Narahara Ikko among others. Among the ten volumes the series comprised, volume 8 was dedicated to Ishimoto Yasuhiro and his photos of the city “Tokyo.”   After returning from Chicago, USA, in the 1960s Ishimoto launched into tremendous

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The Mandalas of the Two Worlds, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

Ishimoto first encountered the “Mandalas of the Two Worlds (Sai-in Mandalas),” a national treasure at the Toji (Kyoo Gokokuji) temple in Kyoto, when he worked for the Taiyo magazine. The vivid beauty of the Buddha and Bodhisattva figures that he observed through his finder fascinated not only Ishimoto himself, but also the officials at the temple, which ultimately led to a very special photo shooting. In that session, realized in the intense heat of the summer of 1973, Ishimoto devoted

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Wrapped Foods 1984, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

A neatly wrapped sea bream head on a tray, crab legs dismembered so that they are easy to eat, a pumpkin cut in half so that it is handier to use: the Wrapped Foods series consists of large-format Polaroid photographs (up to 20 x 24 inch images) of a plentitude of foods commonly sold in supermarkets. In 1982, a few years before producing these photographs of foods, Ishimoto Yasuhiro  published Series: Food Journal, a year-long series of twenty-four food photographs,

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Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Exhibition: Architecture by Isozaki Arata and Naito Hiroshi

Ishimoto Yasuhiro (1921-2012), who studied the philosophy and methodology of modern photography at the Institute of Design (also know as the New Bauhaus) in Chicago after World War II, is a photographer who grew up in Kochi and whose composition of the picture plane and rigorous attention to form rooted in Modern Design thinking won him renown both in Japan and abroad. After graduating from the Institute of Design, he returned to Japan and, in 1953, photographed the Katsura Imperial

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Architecture of Chicago, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

Chicago is for Ishimoto Yasuhiro a special kind of place, as the American city is where he spent his student years, and also where he shot the photographs that were subsequently published in his acclaimed book, Chicago, Chicago. In the fall of 1966, after having relocated to Japan, he had another opportunity to travel to Chicago for shootings for a special feature on “the Chicago school and its civilization historical background” in the architecture magazine SD*1. Ishimoto, whose scope of

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HANA, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

Fascinated by flowers’ structure, with the slender stalk or peduncle supporting large petals, and by the wonders of nature itself, Ishimoto built a simple studio in the living room of his Tokyo home and began photographing flowers. That was in 1986. With a black board reflector and a flash unit set up in his living room, Ishimoto photographed flowers throughout their lifespans: from their buds’ opening to their wilting and drying up. He immediately decided to publish those images as

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Kunisaki-kiko: Journey to the Kunisaki, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

Located in the northeast of Oita Prefecture in Kyushu, the Kunisaki Peninsula protrudes into the sea in a shape that looks like a bowl turned upside down. This is where a unique hybrid religious culture called ”Rokugo-manzan (Mountain of Six Sanctuaries)” was formed in the Nara and Heian periods, incorporating the Usa Jingu Shrine’s traditional worship of Hachiman (Shintoism) into the Buddhist teachings that were brought to Japan from the Asian continent. Ishimoto Yasuhiro visited the region to work on

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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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