Shape, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

Shape of Japan, c.1957 (c)Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

The catalogue of Ishimoto Yasuhiro’s works includes photographs that just simply depict “objects.” Incorporating elements of texture in shapes defined by lines and surfaces, those pictures represent a fascinating part of Ishimoto’s work.
One of the earliest products in Ishimoto’s photographing career is the “Shape” series, highlighting from a design point of view the unique textures and characteristic features of “typically Japanese shapes” given to Japanese traditional articles using porcelain, wood and lacquer.
In the 1970s and ’80s, a time of dramatic improvements in the Japanese manufacturing industry, Ishimoto was involved also in the realm of car and glass manufacturing, creating photographs of automobile parts and physicochemical products that look as beautiful as works of fine art.
Focusing on the stylistic beauty that Ishimoto discovered in Japanese artifacts and industrial products, this exhibition showcases the alluring “shapes” he went on to capture in his photographs.