October 20, 2014

Yasuhiro Ishimoto - 石元 泰博 - Photographer

Japanese Minimalism captured through the lens of Yasuhiro Ishimoto
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Yasuhiro Ishimoto Photography
Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture

Today we pay tribute to Yasuhiro Ishimoto who passed away earlier this month at the age of 91. One of the masters of postwar photography, Yasuhiro Ishimoto (1921-2012), the American-born photographer grew up in Japan, then returned to the United States before World War II, only to be imprisoned in an internment camp. After the war, he studied photography and graduated from Chicago’s acclaimed Institute of Design, aka the "New Bauhaus". Yasuhiro Ishimoto's career was launched early on when he was tapped by The Museum of Modern Art curator Edward Steichen for the legendary Family of Man exhibition (1955), and over the next 50 years he would exhibit internationally.  Yasuhiro Ishimoto is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential figures in the development of postwar Japanese photography, although he remains unknown in the US. Among his most celebrated bodies of work are the photographs he took during 1953-54 of the legendary 17th-century Imperial villa of Katsura, in Kyoto, which infuse the images of the iconic structure with a modernist Bauhaus esthetic.  Another highlight is Kenzo Tange's Peace Center Complex in Hiroshima (1953).  In 1989, Yasuhiro Ishimoto published Hana; a tribute to nature's quest for perfection (see below).