- Yasuhiro Ishimoto
- SELECTED ABSTRACT STUDIES
- gelatin silver
- Various sizes to 13 7/8 by 16 in. (35.2 by 40.6 cm.)
As indicated by the labels on their mounts, the early photographs offered here were submitted by Yasuhiro Ishimoto to the Fort Dearborn Camera Club, presumably for exhibition or competition. In 1945, Ishimoto, born in San Francisco but raised in Japan, moved to Chicago to study architecture at Northwestern University after his release from the Amache Internment Camp in Colorado. As a member and student of the Fort Dearborn Camera Club, however, Ishimoto encountered the writings of Gyorgy Kepes and László Moholy-Nagy and, in 1948, he transferred his studies to the more experimental Institute of Design. There, Ishimoto studied photography under Aaron Siskind, Gordon Coster, and Harry Callahan, another member of the Fort Dearborn Camera Club, among others.
In 1951, the Fort Dearborn Camera Club, established in 1924, merged with the Chicago Camera Club, founded in 1895, to form the Fort Dearborn-Chicago Camera Club. It is known today as The Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum.