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Yasuhiro ISHIMOTO "Someday Somewhere"


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Yasuhiro ISHIMOTO, photographer. "Aruhi Arutokoro" - "Someday Somewhere." Tsutomu WATANABE, preface. Ryuichi YAMASHIRO, design. Japan: Geibi Shuppan, 1958, First Edition, OOP, HB, dj, 29 cm x 23 cm, 168 pp, 7 color & 178 b/w gravure photo reproductions, original yellow publisher's colophon still present. Reference: Parr & Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume 1, pp. 272-273: "Like William Klein, Yasujiro Ishimoto represented an important link between Japanese and American photography. ...born in San Francisco, then moved to Japan with his parents... ...his work is an interesting and distinctive blend of cultural influences... The legacy of his wartime internment clearly left an indelible mark. As Tsutomu Watanabe writes in the book's introduction, Ishimoto's imagery is characterized by what might be described as psychological shadows. In 1958 he had the distinction of producing the first major postwar Japanese photobook, the elegant Aruhi Arutokoro (Someday, Somewhere). Shot in Chicago and Tokyo, the book is divided in three sections. The first concentrates on forms and textures on Japanese streets, and displays the tnedencey to abstraction and formalism that marked the Chicago School of the Callahan-Siskind era. Ishimoto adds a Japanese austerity to this idiom. sections two and three he turns to beach and street candids, reminiscent of the anonymous street portraits of Callahan or Walker Evans, but given his own quirky voice - a wistful, world-weary quality that applies even to his images of children playing. Like Callahan, his voice is measured and distanced. Unlike Callahan, the distance is respectful and warm rather than cool, while the dark tenor pervading his work gives his pictures a singular edginess, especially in his creepy portraits of children wearing Halloween masks. Aruhi Arutokoro is a photobook of truly international stature, providing Japanese photographers with a model of expression that transcended the parochial and the purely documentary tendency dominating Japanese photography of the time." Very scarce and important book. Condition: Book is Good, internally clean, light wear to the boards. Dust Jacket has two large and obvious losses to the front, top left and bottom right and smaller losses to the back, various tears. Remains of the fragile dj now in protective mylar. This particular book always seems to have substantial wear to the jacket - every copy I have ever seen personally or on line has issues. I saw a copy auctioned at 2000$ with an estimated value of 4000-5000$ on Photoeye in similar condition described as "Near Fine."