The photographer Yasuhiro Ishimotos likeness of the pioneering architecture of Greene and Greene have a minimal aesthetic that still ogles contemporary
A few months before his death in 2012, photographer Yasuhiro Ishimoto requested that his 1974 series on inventors Greene and Greene be exhibited in California. The Museum of Art, Kochi, the sequence current home in Japan, is not a lending institution and nothing of the collect has ever been outside the two countries until now. At San Marinos Huntington Library is Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Bilingual Photography and the Architecture of Greene and Greene, a unique expedition of modernism, American Arts and Craft movement and conventional Japanese architecture presented in a lean series of 46 eloquently minimal black and white photos.
Born in San Francisco in 1921, Ishimoto moved with his mothers to Japan during his formative times but returned to the US to pursue higher education. Instead, he wound up in Colorados Amache Internment Camp during world war two where “hes taking” the time to reflect on his future. Upon secrete he enrolled in the Chicago Institute of Design to investigate under legendary Bauhaus artist, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. In a city as rich in architecture as Chicago the multi-award prevailing Ishimoto couldnt help but shoot structures, including a 1951 series of Mies van der Rohes Lake Shore Drive apartments. His professor, Harry Callahan introduced his work to MoMA photography curator Edward Steichen who included Ishimotos likeness in the landmark Family of Man exhibit of 1955.