©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center
Yasuhiro Ishimoto is a key photographer of both Japan and the U.S. He studied photography at the Institute of Design known as the New Bauhaus in Chicago, and has been producing enormous numbers of work over a half century. In particular, Ishimoto enjoys photographing multiple exposure color photographs in these 50 years, and continued to photograph every winter till last year. The book of the multiple exposure color photographs was published last year and most people probably see these color photographs for the first time in the book.
Ishimoto photographs silhouette of trees with no leaves and buildings by 6×6 camera with role film, and rewind the film to expose colors and forms two or three times. He enjoys overlapped colors and forms in the one frame of film produced by chance. These works appeared on the cover of every issues of “approach” since 1973, quarterly publications by the Takenaka Corporation. The work is indeed not manipulated images exposed on printing paper from several positive films, but is multiply exposed photograph of unexpected wonderful colors and forms in the one frame of positive film.
“Images are not like manipulated ones produced in the darkroom. They have greater influence of fortuity. This is what fascinating aspect of photography”, says Ishimoto. He has absolutely interests in photography, and the photographs produced by his rich imagination are the height of modern art, more than the world of photography. The encounter with colors and forms reflects Ishimoto’s sense of fun.
Around 50 color photographs are shown at the exhibition with the cooperation of The Museum of Art, Kochi. This is the exhibition to feel Mr. Ishimoto’s “world of art.”
Born in 1921 in San Francisco. Spent his early life and school days in Kochi Prefecture, Japan, 1924-1939. Returned to the U.S.A. by himself in 1939. Studied at the Chicago Institute of Design (commonly known as New Bauhaus, later placed to the Illinois Institute of Technology.) Graduated from Institute of Design of IIT in 1952. Moved to Japan in 1953. Stayed in Chicago in 1958-61. Obtained Japanese Citizenship in 1969. He is producing enormous numbers of work based in Japan. Received the Person of Cultural Merit Award in 1996. Well known for his masterpieces captures “Chicago”, “Tokyo”, “Katsura”, “Mandala” and “Ise.”
One-person exhibition: The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, The Museum of Art Kochi, Musashino Art University, and others.