ISHIMOTO, Yasuhiro. Aruhi Arutokoro. Someday, Somewhere. (Tokyo): (Geibi Shuppan), (1958).

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ISHIMOTO, Yasuhiro.
Aruhi Arutokoro. Someday, Somewhere.
(Tokyo): (Geibi Shuppan), (1958).

4to (280 × 224 mm), pp.[170] (including two folding), 179 black-and-white and 7 colour photographs. Texts by Ishimoto and Tsutomu Watanabe. Dark blue cloth-covered boards, yellow cloth spine lettered in black. Imprint in black on yellow paper tipped on to final leaf as issued; offsetting to opposite page from imprint, edges darkened. Colour photo-illustrated dust-jacket; light wear to edges, head of spine and two short tears strengthened internally. Two pieces of publisher’s ephemera laid in. Near-fine in a very good dust-jacket.

First edition. Ishimoto took part in the first The Eyes of Ten exhibition in May 1957 and the third in July 1959. In between he published this, his first book, and the first important work to emerge from the group. Ishimoto occupies an interesting position in the history of Japanese photography and was another important link between the East and West. Born in San Francisco in 1921, he moved with his family to Japan at the age of three. After graduating from high school he went back to San Francisco to study. A year later, as a result of the war, he was sent to an internment camp in Colorado for Japanese citizens and those of Japanese descent. It was here that his interest in photography began. After the war Ishimoto went to Chicago and studied at the Institute of Design under Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. He graduated in 1952 and returned to Japan the following year, although he continued to travel between the two countries. Someday, Somewhere contains photographs from both Chicago and Tokyo, and clearly shows the influence of his time studying with Callahan and Siskind.

Parr, M. and Badger, G., The Photobook: A History vol.I pp.272-3; Kaneko, R. and Vartanian, I., Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and ‘70s pp.40-45.

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