Chicago, Chicago. Photographs by Yasuhiro Ishimoto. Foreword by Harry Callahan. Text by Shuzo Takiguchi. Bijutsu Shuppan-sha, Tokyo, 1969. 224 pp. First edition. Clothbound. No jacket as issued. Photo-illustrated paper over board slipcase. 208 black-and-white reproductions.
While much post-war Japanese photography bears the unmistakable influence of William Klein, Robert Frank, and Ed Van Der Elsken, Ishimoto, being something of an outsider in Japan, was far more indebted to the likes of Callahan and Siskind. As Parr & Badger explain, this is a body of work that is "different in both style and approach from either the existential excesses of the Provoke school, or the baroque theatricality of Eikoh Hosoe." Ishimoto's work, says Harry Callahan in his introduction, "[has] made us see more intensely our Chicago and his concern for life everywhere." A rare and much sought after book that is an iconic work of 1960's Japanese photography.
Ishimoto passed away earlier this year.
Fine in Very Good slipcase; cover image clean; previous repair to upper joint of slipcase have left some tape residue and abrasion along upper edge of slipcase (now stable and professionally repaired); moderate shelf wear; slight dings near opening.