860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments, 1966, ©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center
Common Cosmos, 1986 
©Kochi Prececture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center
The Stone Buddha Carvings, Usuki, 1977
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center
Chicago, Town, 1959-61
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center
Chicago, Town, 1951
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center
Chicago, Town, 1959-61
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center
Chicago, Little Ones,
c.1960
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center
Chicago, North Avenue Beach,
1948-52
©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Database of photographic prints now online

On June 14, 2021, the day on which Ishimoto Yasuhiro would have celebrated his 100th birthday, a database of his photographic prints was made available for public viewing in the form of the “Collection Online.”It includes some of the works that were shown at the “Ishimoto Yasuhiro Centennial” exhibition from January 16 to March 14, 2021, and will be frequently updated.  In addition to the database, an archive page for the “Ishimoto Yasuhiro Centennial” exhibition is now available as well

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Expiration of copyrights

Based on an agreement concluded with Ishimoto Yasuhiro during his lifetime, copyrights for his photographic works were transferred to Kochi Prefecture after Ishimoto’s death. Copyrights for some of the works that Kochi Prefecture has been administering since have recently expired. Details of these items are specified below. 1. Terms of copyrights for photographic works, and additional count of wartime Under the current Copyright Act, works of art are protected by copyright for 70 years from the respective creator’s death. In

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Katsura Imperial Villa 1981-82, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

The Katsura Imperial Villa, located on the banks of Katsura-gawa river in the suburbs of Kyoto, was built as a retreat for the Hachijonomiya family in the early 17th century. The architectural complex that encompasses among others several shoin (main buildings) and tea houses, along with the surrounding gardens, has been evaluated as a high point of Japanese aesthetic. When Ishimoto visited the Katsura Villa for his first shooting session in 1953, he had just returned to Japan from the

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[Gallery]Tokyo – from the “Eizo no Gendai” series

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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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[Gallery] Wrapped Foods 1984

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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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June 14: Ishimoto Yasuhiro’s Birthday / Exhibition schedule 2020/21

Today, June 14th, is Ishimoto Yasuhiro’s birthday. The son of Kochi natives who had immigrated to the USA as agricultural workers, photographer Ishimoto was born on this day in 1921 in San Francisco. As the family moved back to their hometown when he was only three years old, he had only faint memories of life in America. One sight that he did remember was that of red ships — presumably the countless freight vessels he had seen riding at anchor in

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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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[Important Notice] Temporary Closure (March 6 – 22, April 10 – May 10, 2020)

The Museum of Art, Kochi is temporarily closed from Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 22 and from Friday, April 10 to Sunday, April 26 Wednesday, May 6 Sunday, May 10 (tentative) in order to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. Some services are still available during the temporary closure. For more information, please contact us.