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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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
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 (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
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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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