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From 19 June to 17 November 2024, LE BAL presents a remarkable figure in the history of Japanese photography, yet one who is little known in France: Yasuhiro Ishimoto (1921-2012). For the first time in Europe, the exhibition, organised in close collaboration with the Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center at the Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan, brings together 169 rare prints, most of them vintage and made by Ishimoto himself. The exhibition focuses on the first decades of his work, between Chicago and Japan. A key figure in the 1950s and 1960s, he was considered ‘visually bilingual’ for his ability to combine the formal approach of the New Bauhaus with the quintessence of Japanese aesthetics.

During the same period, Ishimoto paved the way for new ways of conceiving the photography book with the publication of one of the most important works in the history of Japanese publishing, Someday, Somewhere (1958). This book, with its experimental graphic design for the time, was to have a major influence on a young generation of photographers and designers.

Driven by a quest for constant reinvention, he embodied modernity in photography in post-war Japan and paved the way for the PROVOKE generation, also inspiring architects and designers with his images of the Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto.

To accompany the exhibition, L'Atelier EXB and LE BAL are co-publishing the book Ishimoto, a 216-page survey of the photographer's work accompanied by previously unpublished texts by Diane Dufour, Agathe Cancellieri, Yasufumi Nakamori and Mei Asakura.

Publication date:2024
Number of pages: 216 pages
Weight: 1,59 Kg.
Dimensions: 21,8 × 28,7 cm
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