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The late Yasuhiro Ishimoto, who was born 1921 in the United States, is one of the most influential names when it comes to Japanese photography. Ishimoto studied Architecture at the Northwestern University – it was something that greatly influenced his photography style.
While in the Amache Internment Camp, Ishimoto honed his skills in photography. After his liberation, he migrated to Chicago where he became part of the Fort Dearborn Camera Club. Here he also had the chance to study photography at the Chicago Institute of Design, having respected teachers such as Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan.
With a grant under the New York Museum of Modern Art, Ishimoto returned to his home country where he shot images of the Katsura Imperial Villa. These images were included in his book “Katsura: Tradition and Creation in Japanese Architecture.”
Impressed with his works, Edward Steichen personally picked Ishimoto to be included in several exhibits, such as the “Family of Man” display held at the Museum of Modern Art.
Ishimoto returned to Chicago to shoot pictures of the “Windy City” under a grant given by the Minolta Company. Images from this fellowship were published in the book “Chicago, Chicago.”
Apart from US and Japan, Ishimoto also worked on landscapes of Australia, Turkey, Iran and Iraq, to name a few.