Katsura: The Photographs of Ishimoto Yasuhiro
Presented by The Japan Foundation and Cousulate-General of Japan in San Francisco
Friday, April 30, 2010
1317 Perloff Hall
The Katsura Detached Palance was originally built as the villa of the Hachijonomiya family (later the Katsuranomiya family) on the west bank of the Katsura River on the western outskirts of Kyoto in the early Edo period (17th century). The villa maintains the traditions of Japanese architecture, namely, simplicity and harmony with nature, in the composition of the Shoin-style buildings base on straight lines, the diagonal arrangement of its buildings, and the rhythmical arrangement of the stepping stones along the path.
The photographer, Ishimoto Yasuhiro,w as given the Person of Cultural Merit Award by the Japanese Government. Born in San Francisco, he studied at the Chicago Institute of Design, trained by Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. He set out on his first job to photgraph the Katsura Detached Palace in the same year as he came back to Japan, in 1953.
This exhibition presents Ishimoto's attempt to liberate tradition through a contemporary viewpoint. We hope that this exhibition will offer all viewers a great opportuinty to enjoy the beauty of a traditional Japanese palace rediscovered by a great Japanese photographer.
The exhibition will take place April 30- May 21, 2010.
For more information please contact
The Japan Foundation Tel: 213.621.2267
Sponsor(s): Architecture and Urban Design