Yasuhiro Ishimoto


Born in San Francisco, Yasuhiro Ishimoto moved to Japan’s Kochi Prefecture with his parents in 1924, then returned to the United States in 1939. In 1948, he enrolled in the Institute of Design (ID), which became the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology the following year. There, under the tutelage of Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, he received an education defined by the principles of what was called the New Bauhaus. Ishimoto moved back to Japan in 1953 to start a career as a professional photographer. His sharp, intellectual photographs were quickly recognized as fresh and original. In the same year he created one of his most famous series, Katsura. He possessed a unique gift for composition that can be seen throughout his work. In addition to Katsura, his best known series include Chicago, Chicago; Mandala; and Ise. Ishimoto donated his archive of over 10,000 images to the Museum of Art, Kochi, in 2004.


The Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon (1983), The Order of the Rising Sun (1993), The Person of Cultural Merit (1996), The Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon (2005).




Exhibitions at PGI

Yasuhiro Ishimoto Centennial “Yasuhiro Ishiimoto”, June 10 – August 3, 2021
Chicago, Chicago, 2012
Mandala, 2011
Composition, 2009
Tokyo, 2008
Shibuya, Shibuya, 2007
On The Beach, 2006
Chicago 1966, 2005
Katsura Villa, 2003
Faces, 2001
Flow, 1998
Chicago Years, 1997
Wind and Snail, 1996
Recent Works: Never the Same, Ise Shrine, 1995
Fallen Leaves and Crushed Cans, 1992
HANA, 1988
Machi – Hito – Katachi, 1986
Yamanote-Line 29, 1983
Chicago, Chicago II, 1983
Someday, Somewhere, 1982
Chicago, Chicago, 1982



Related Exhibitions

2021.6.18 7.20 Canon Photo Collection, Composition, Yasuhiro Ishimoto,   Canon Open Gallery 1, Canon S Tower 2F
2021.5.22 9.20 Yasuhiro Ishimoto Collection Katsura Imperial Villa 1981-82,   Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center, The Museum of Art, Kochi
2021.3.27 5.14

Yasuhiro Ishimoto Collection Nude,   Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center, The Museum of Art, Kochi

2021.1.16 3.14

Yasuhiro Ishimoto Centennial,   Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center, The Museum of Art, Kochi

2020.10.10 12.20

Ishimoto Yasuhiro Centennial: Tradition and Modernity,   Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo

2020.9.29 11.23

Ishimoto Yasuhiro Centennial: The city brought to life,   Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo