Ishimoto Yasuhiro dies at age 90

Well-known Japanese photographer Yasuhiro Ishimoto (石元 泰博) passed away in Tokyo on Feb. 6, 2012 due to pneumonia. He was 90 years old. Born in San Francisco, California in 1921, he was a fine-art photographer with ties to both Japan and the US. He was one of the “elder statesmen” of the Japanese photography world.

Parents were Japanese immigrant farmers in the US. Raised in Kochi city, Kochi Prefecture from age three. Studied agriculture in Kochi until 1939. Due to concerns of him being drafted in Japan, his mother urged him to return to America which he did in 1939.

Lived with a farmer and went to Univ. of California in 1940 until being interned at Armach, Colorado when war between Japan and America broke out. Since he had no assets, he did not lose anything unlike other Japanese-Americans who were interned.

He stuck with a group of shutterbugs in the internment camp. After being released in 1944, he went to Chicago after being told that he was free to go anywhere except the coastal cities. Joined a camera club in Chicago.

Studied architecture at Northwestern Univ. in Chicago 1946-48 where he met photographer Harry Shigeta and took up photography seriously. Studied under Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago 1948-52 (B.S. degree 1952).

Freelance photographer in Tokyo 1953-58; Chicago 1958-61, and Tokyo since 1961 after moving back to Japan. Naturalized as a Japanese citizen in 1969. Instructor at Kuwazawa Design School 1962-1966 and Tokyo Photographic College 1962-1971. Professor at Tokyo Zokei Univ. Photo Dept. 1966-1971.

With ties to both Japan and America, Ishimoto gained recognition in both countries. He took an interest in traditional Japanese architecture, starting with photographs of the Katsura Palace in Kyoto. (Katsura was subsequently published by Yale Univ. Press.) His photo book, Chicago, Chicago is another signature work.

He has received numerous awards including Medal with Purple Ribbon and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. Survived by his nephew Takashi.

Fu**in’ sale posters

In early Jan. 2012, a store in Osaka plastered their shop with large, red posters advertising a sale with the words “Fu**in’ sale.” They were trying to advertise their sale of fukubukuro (lucky bags). A photo of it went viral on Facebook and the Internet.

The shop has taken down the signs and apologized:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2086390/Japanese-department-store-makes-grovelling-apology-plastering-shop-windows-F–Sale-posters.html?ITO=1490

CP+ 2012 camera show in Yokohama

Canon booth at the last CP+ show in Feb. 2011.


The 3rd CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show, Japan’s largest camera show, will be held during Feb. 9-12, 2012 in Yokohama, at Pacifico Yokohama, a large convention complex and the same venue as last year’s CP+. Hopefully, it won’t snow on those days.

Note that the morning of Feb. 9, the show is open to the press only.

Admission is 1,000 yen at the door, but this fee can be waived if you preregister via the CP+ Website.

You can also register to attend free seminars and lectures where they sometimes provide simultaneous Japanese or English translation. The year 2012 is also the 150th anniversary of commercial photography in Japan. Lectures about vintage photography are planned. A special talk by Ellliot Erwitt is also scheduled on Feb. 9.
http://www.cpplus.jp/en/seminar.html

http://www.cpplus.jp/en/press/pdf/CP+2012PR_1130E.pdf

For details, see the show’s official site in English:
http://www.cpplus.jp/en/

See my photos of CP+ 2011 here.

Pacifico Yokohama is near JR Sakuragicho and Minato Mirai Stations:
http://www.pacifico.co.jp/english/

CP+ is held by CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association). CIPA is an international organization comprised of companies involved in the production and sale of silver-halide camera and digital camera, imaging-related products, software and more. In addition to product specifications, standards and technical research, CIPA deals with environmental issues and other industry-wide issues and seeks to contribute to the development of photographic and imaging culture.
Web site: http://www.cipa.jp/english/

Kyoto International Photo Showcase 2011

日本語

Updated: Our group photo exhibition in Kyoto went very well. It was great meeting people and explaining about our pictures and work. Thank you to all who came to see us.

Photos of the exhibition here:
http://photoguide.jp/pix/thumbnails.php?album=833

Exhibition details:
PhotoGuide Japan organized a group photo exhibition in Kyoto held on Nov. 16-20, 2011 at the Kyoto International Community House in Kyoto, near Keage Station (5 min. by Tozai Line subway from Yamashina Station). The exhibition room was open from noon to 7 pm (till 5:30 pm on the 20th). We had a gathering on Nov. 19 (Sat.) at 5 pm – 7 pm and on Nov. 20 (Sun.) at 4 pm – 5:30 pm when the public was invited to meet the artists. Free admission.

The theme was “Home Sweet Hometown.” Many of us foreigners in Japan have lived here for so long that Japan has become our second hometown. We love our hometowns in Japan so much that we often photograph it. We shared some images of our beloved hometowns.

Featured Artists
Micah Gampel: “My Furukiyoki” self-portraits with friends in Kyoto. Very amusing collection of prints.
Peter Macintosh: Huge mural of Kyoto geisha photos taken over the past 10 years.
Motoyasu Matsutani: Pretty pictures of Kyoto.
Peter Miller: Copperplate photogravures of furusato scenes in Japan such as Shirakawa-go and Kamakura.
Philbert Ono: Introduction of Shiga’s hometown song, Lake Biwa Rowing Song. (Biwako Shuko no Uta) created by Kyoto University Rowing Club members in 1917.
Bruce Osborn: Maibara (Shiga Prefecture) Oyako (Parent-child) portraits taken in the four seasons.
John Wells: Mixed media (oil painting, sumie painting, etc.) of Kyoto scenes/objects.

KIPS 2011日本語 

The Japan Times inserted a nice announcement for our show in the Nov. 13, 2011 issue:

The Japan Times, Nov. 13, 2011, page 2 (National News)

Kyoto International Photo Showcase 2011


English here

「写真での国際交流」のためにPhotoGuide Japanが一般公開の国際写真展を開催しました。近畿・関東地方の7名の写真家(外国人6名、日本人一名)が「古き良き故郷」というテーマで京都市の京都国際交流会館(Kyoto International Community House)の展示室で2011年11月16日〜11月20日に開催しました。来場者へ感謝しております。

写真展の写真はここ:
http://photoguide.jp/pix/thumbnails.php?album=833 

イベント名称: Kyoto International Photo Showcase 2011 (KIPS 2011)

種別: 写真展、ギャラリートーク(すべて一般公開、入場無料)
開催期間: 写真展:2011年11月16日(水)~20日(日)
時間:12:00~19:00(最終日17:30まで)

出展者: マイカ・ガンペルピーター・マッキントッシュピーター・ミラーオノ・フィルバートブルース・オズボーン松谷大慶ジョン・ウェルズ

写真展のテーマ:「古き良き故郷」
6人の外国人写真家と1人の日本人写真家によるグループ写真展です。写真家は近畿・関東在 住の方々です。写真展のテーマは「古き良き故郷」。外国人の私たちは元々外国の故郷がありますが、日本に 長く住んでいるため、もうすっかり日本が第二の故郷になってしまいました。写真家として、この第二の故郷 を愛して様々に撮ってきました。家族、友人、場所、物、自然、風景、歌など故郷の要素は多数あります。 日本での故郷への愛情を写真で表現しております。

写真展の内容:マイカ・ガンペル:友人とセルフ・ポートラート
ピーター・マッキントッシュ:京都の芸子・舞子
ピーター・ミラー:フォトグラビュールの銅版画(日本の故郷シリーズ;白川御、鎌倉など)
オノ・フィルバート:「琵琶湖周航の歌」英語版
ブルース・オズボーン:滋賀県米原市の親子ポートレート
松谷大慶:美しい京都の風景、人物
ジョン・ウェルズ:絵画

スライドトーク:11月19日(土)17:00~19:00、11月20日(日)16:00~17:30(展示室内)

会場: 京都市国際交流会館内の姉妹都市展示室
住所: 京都市左京区粟田口鳥居町2番地の1
Tel:  (075) 752-3010
(地図ここ)

主催: PhotoGuide Japan
後援: 財団法人 京都市国際交流協会

問い合わせ先: philbert@photojpn.org

KIPS 2011

The Japan Times, Nov. 13, 2011, page 2 (National News)

J-A Nisei Portraits at Nikon Salon

BRIAN Y. SATO Nisei ExhibitionMy friend Brian Y. Sato, a sansei Japanese-American from Hawai’i, is having his first exhibition in Japan of his Japanese-American Nisei portraits.

Photographing the dying generation of Nisei has been Brian’s pet project since 2002 when I first met him and was very impressed by his project that included portraits of Nisei I personally knew. His portraits are very compelling and sometimes stark representations of this historical and storied generation.

The Nisei are the second-generation Japanese-Americans born to the Issei or first-generation Japanese who immigrated to Hawai’i. This generation are now elderly from their 70s on up. It’s like catch them while you still can. They all have their unique stories. Some have been told and recorded, while many others have died with them. Brian has encountered many nisei who refused to open up and be photographed. But he insisted that he did not want their stories to die with them.

Upon skillful persuasion, Brian has amassed around 200 nisei portraits from all the major Hawaiian islands (including Molokai and Lanai). He has already exhibited them in Hawai’i and the US mainland, but never in Japan until now. I kept urging him to show these portraits in Japan and he is finally doing it.

Portraits from his Nisei of Hawai’i collection will be exhibited at the Nikon Salon in Tokyo and Osaka as follows. He tells me that he’ll be at the gallery most of the time, but you could call and ask to make sure.

Title: GOKURŌSAMA: Second-Generation Japanese-Americans in Hawaii
Place: Shinjuku Nikon Salon (Map)
Shinjuku Station Exit A17, Shinjuku L Tower 28th floor
Phone: 03-3344-0565
Date/Hours: Oct 18 – Oct 31, 2011
10:30 to 18:30 (Oct. 31: 10:30 to 15:00)
Open every day.

IN OSAKA

Place: Osaka Nikon Salon (Map)
Osaka Station Exit A4, Hilton Plaza West Office Tower 13th floor
Phone: 06-6348-9698
Date/Hours: Nov. 3-16, 2011
10:30 to 18:30 (Oct. 31: 10:30 to 15:00)
Open every day.

Relevant links:

http://www.discovernikkei.org/en/journal/2009/3/27/faces-of-a-generation/
http://www.discovernikkei.org/en/journal/2009/2/6/nisei-of-hawaii/
http://archives.starbulletin.com/2008/09/01/features/story01.html
http://www.janm.org/exhibits/gokurosama/

http://www.briansato.com/ 

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