Yasuhiro Ishimoto


Born in San Francisco in 1921. Yasuhiro Ishimoto moved to Kochi Prefecture in Japan with his parents in 1924, yet returned to the United States in 1939. He enrolled in the Photography Department of the Chicago Institute of Design in 1948, where he studied the “New Bauhaus” under Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Ishimoto moved back to Japan to be a photographer in 1953. 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 which can be seen throughout his work. Among his best known series are Chicago, Tokyo, Katsura, 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)
Died at the age of 90 on February 6, 2012.



Exhibitions at PGI

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