Ishimoto Yasuhiro studied with Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan at the Institute of Design. In 1953, Ishimoto began photographing the Katsura Imperial Villa, which was built in Kyoto in the seventeenth century for the Japanese Imperial Family. Its buildings and gardens are created in a simple yet elegant style that has had an effect on many modern architects such as Bruno Taut. The 50 images in the exhibition, which is curated by Susan Aurinko, are from the book Katsura, published in 1960 by Ishimoto.That 1960 book, Katsura, designed by Bauhaus graphic artist Herbert Beyer, with essays by architects Walter Gropius and Tange Kenzo, is being republished this year by Yale University press.
Tonight's reception will include remarks by George Hisaeda, Consul General of Japan and a gallery talk by Institute of Design Professor John Grimes.
The exhibition is in the Kemper Room Art Gallery of the Walter Netsch designed Paul V. Galvin Library, 35 West 33rd street. It will run through March 7th, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.