[japan@ihj] Photographer, Ishimoto Yasuhiro, “Katsura” and Modernism in Postwar Japan

  • Speaker: Ishimoto Yasuhiro, Photographer
  • Interviewer: Nakamori Yasufumi, Assistant Curator,
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 7:00pm-
  • Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
  • Admission: Free
  • Language: Japanese (no English translation provided)

Ishimoto Yasuhiro (b. 1921) is among the most distinguished living photographers. Focusing on Ishimoto’s Katsura: Tradition and Creation in Japanese Architecture (1960), this program will shed light on the nexus between Ishimoto’s photography, the Bauhaus aesthetics, and architecture in postwar Japan. Putting Ishimoto’s photography in a historical context, including the so-called “tradition debate” in the 1950s, this program will explore the impact of Ishimoto’s photography then and now.

Ishimoto Yasuhiro:

Ishimoto YasuhiroIshimoto Yasuhiro: Born in San Francisco. Graduated from the Institute of Design in Chicago (currently the Illinois Institute of Technology). His numerous honors include the Young Photo-grapher’s Contest, Life magazine (1950), and the Japan Photo Critics Association Award (1957). Named by the Japanese Government a Person of Cultural Distinction (1996). His exhibitions have been held widely throughout Japan and the United States. His major publications include Someday somewhere (Geibi Shuppansha, 1958), Katsura: Tradition and Creation in Japanese Architecture (Zokeisha and Yale University Press, 1960), and Chicago, Chicago (Tokyo: Bijutsu Shuppansha, 1969).
(C) Ishimoto Yasuhiro, From the series “Katsura” (1953-54)
Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
2009.2.17 Gift of the artist in memory of Ishimoto Shigeru

Nakamori Yasufumi, Ph.D.:

Nakamori Yasufumi, Ph.D.: Assistant Curator of Photography, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His publications include Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture, Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro (Yale University Press, 2010).