Yasuhiro Ishimoto Chicago 1950

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Here Ishimoto has brought us close to bodies that are pointedly anonymous yet not altogether vacated of identity, positioning his camera low to the ground to focus on youthful legs. When he took these pictures, he was studying at the New Bauhaus–Institute of Design in Chicago with photographers Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind (whose work is also on view in this gallery), and he learned from their attention to the poetry of the smallest details. These images were featured alongside architectural abstractions in Ishimoto’s first photobook, Someday, Somewhere (1958), which includes pictures taken in Chicago and Tokyo.

Gallery label from 2020.
Additional text

Here Ishimoto has brought us close to bodies that are pointedly anonymous yet not altogether vacated of identity, positioning his camera low to the ground to focus on youthful legs. When he took these pictures, he was studying at the New Bauhaus–Institute of Design in Chicago with photographers Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind and he learned from their attention to the poetry of the smallest details. These images were featured alongside architectural abstractions in Ishimoto’s first photobook, Someday, Somewhere (1958), which includes pictures taken in Chicago and Tokyo.

Gallery label from "Collection 1940s—1970s", 2019
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Approx. 9 3/4 × 7 3/4" (24.8 × 19.7 cm) (.1-.4), 9 1/2 × 4" (24.1 × 10.2 cm) (.5-.8)
Credit
Gift of the artist
Object number
307.2016.1
Copyright
© Estate of Yasuhiro Ishimoto
Department
Photography

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