Born in San Francisco, 1921. Moved to Kochi Prefecture, Japan, with his parents, 1924. After graduating from Kochi Prefectural Agricultural High School,returned to the United States, 1939. Entered the Photography Department of the Chicago Institute of Design, 1948. Studied with Harry Callahan and AaronSiskind. Graduated from the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology, 1952. Moved to Japan, 1953. Married with Shigeru Kawamata(real name: Shigeruko Kawamata) , 1956. Traveled to the United States, staying in Chicago, 1958-1961. Returned to Japan, 1961. Obtained Japanese citizenship, 1969. Donated archive to the Museum of Art, Kochi, 2004. Died at the age of 90 on February 6, 2012.


Young Photographer's Contest, Life Magazine (1950), Moholy Nagy Prize(1951 and 1952), Photographer's Prize, Japan Photo Critics Association (1957), Mainichi Art Award (1970), Ministry of Education's Art Encouragement through the Selection of Excellence Award (1978), Annual Award, The Photographic Society of Japan (1978), Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon from the Japanese Government (1983), Arles Citizen of Honor Award (1994), Person of Cultural Merit(1996), named a Man of Cultural Distinction by Japanese government.


Selected One-person Exhibitions
"Yasuhiro Ishimoto: The Mandalas of the TwoWorlds at the Kyoo Gokoku-ji", The National Museum of Art, Osaka (1999), "Yasuhiro Ishimoto: A Tale of Two Cities", The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (1999), "Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Chicago and Tokyo", Tokyo Metropolitan Museumof Photography, Tokyo (1998), "KATSURA", P.G.I.Shibaura (1998), "Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Flow", P.G.I. (1998), "Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Chicago Years", P.G.I. (1997), "Yasuhiro Ishimoto: The Chicago Years", Laurence Miller Gallery, New York (1997), "Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Remembrance of Things Present", National FilmCenter, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (1996), "Joy of Color", P.G.I.Shibaura (1996), "Recent Works: Never the Same" and "Ise Shrine", P.G.I.(1995), "Yasuhiro Ishimoto: KATSURA and Recent Works", Recontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles (1994), "Fallen Leaves and Crashed Cans", P.G.I. (1992), "The Photography of Yasuhiro Ishimoto: 1948-1989", Yurakucho ArtForum, Tokyo (1990), "KATSURA", P.G.I. (1989), "HANA", P.G.I. (1988), "Machi- Hito - Katachi", P.G.I. (1986), "Chicago, Chicago II" and "Yamanote - Line29", P.G.I. (1983), ""KATSURA", Seibu Otsu Hall, Otsu (1983), "Chicago, Chicago" and "Someday, Somewhere", P.G.I. (1982), "The Eleven - Faced Goddess ofMercy of Kokoku", Seibu Otsu Hall, Otsu (1981), "Mandala of Two Worlds", TheSeibu Museum of Art, Tokyo (1977), "Chicago, Chicago", Nihonbashi ShirokiyaDepartment Store, Tokyo (1962), Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York (1961), The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (1960), Takemiya Gallery, Tokyo (1954)


Selected Group Exhibitions

"The World and the Ephemeral", Recontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles (1999), "Waterproof", EXPO '98, Lisbon (1998), "City Images in Photography from the Museum Collection", National FilmCenter, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (1997), "Modern Photography", Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama (1996), "When Harry Met Aaron: Chicago Photography 1946-1971", The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago (1996), "Together Again", Gallery 312, Chicago (1996), "ChicagoPhotography 1935-1965", James Danziger Gallery, New York (1996), "1953 Shedding Light on Art in Japan", Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo (1996), "Photographyand The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo 1953-1995", National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (1995), "SITE WORK: Architecturein Photography since Early Modernism", Photographers' Gallery, London (1991), "Photographs in Japan 1955-1965", Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum, Yamaguchi(1991), "Innovation in Japanese Photography in the 1960s", Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo (1991), "Eight Japanese Photographers", P.G.I. (1988), "The Photographer and the City", The Contemporary Museum, Chicago(1977), "New Japanese Photography", Museum of Modern Art, New York (1974), "The Family of Man", Museum of Modern Art, New York (1955)


Public Collections
Museum of Art, Kochi, Kochi, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Tokyo MetropolitanMuseum of Photography, Tokyo; Museum of Modern Art, New York U.S.A.; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago U.S.A.; Nihon University, Tokyo


Mandala, Heibonsha (2011), Katsura Villa, Rikuyosha (2010), Multi Exposure, Musashino Art University(2009), Meguriau iro to katachi / Composition, Heibonsha (2008), Shibuya, Shibuya, Heibonsha (2007), Toki, Heibonsha (2004), Yasuhiro Ishimoto: A Tale of Two Cities, Art Institute of Chicago (1999)Yasuhiro Ishimoto, (Japanese Photographers 26) Iwanami Shoten (1997), Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Remembrance of Things Present, National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (1996), Ise Shrine, Iwanami Shoten (1995), HANA, Chronicle Books, San Francisco (1989), HANA, Kyuryudo (1988), Chicago,Chicago II, Libro, Tokyo (1983), Katsura Villa, Iwanami Shoten (1983), The World of Tadayoshi Sato, Modern Sculpture Center, Tokyo (1982), The Eleven - Faced Goddess of Mercy of Kokoku, Iwanami Shoten (1982), Mandalaof Two Worlds: The Legend of Shingonin, Heibon Sha (1977), KATSURA, Chuoukoron Sha (1971), Chicago, Chicago, Bijutsushuppan Sha (1969), KATSURA: Tradition and Creation in Japanese Architecture, Yale University Press and Zokei Sha (1960), Someday, Somewhere, Geibishuppan Sha (1958)


At present, Kochi Prefecture owns the copyrights in Ishimoto Yasuhiro's photographic works.
Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center, The Museum of Art, Kochi