Nude, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

《ヌード》1957年頃 Nude, c. 1957 ©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

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 realm of nude photography, photographers have been combining inspiration from Western-style painting, with a general pursuit of original, photographic expressive styles. After the war, many Japanese photographers ventured into this territory, including also Ishimoto, who already had a particularly strong presence within photographic circles at the time. For him, shooting opportunities came in the form of special features in Shashin Salon magazine that he got involved in. Even though the number of photographs he eventually made is quite limited, these minimally composed images impressively highlight Ishimoto’s unique and artful approach to capturing a subject in a practical manner, and without any emotion.

This exhibition showcases series from the 1950s, including a number of lesser known cuts.


Katsura Imperial Villa, 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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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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