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Gallery 19/21, Guilford

Yasuhiro Ishimoto

Street Scene

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December 21, 05:32 PM GMT


4,000 - 6,000 USD

Lot Details


Gallery 19/21, Guilford

Yasuhiro Ishimoto


Street Scene

gelatin silver print, mounted, a Department of Prints and Drawings Collection of Photographs label with typed credit, annotations, and accession number, on the reverse, 1948, printed no later than 1962

image: 6 ¾ by 9 ⅜ in. (17.1 by 23.8 cm.)

Gift of Mrs. Jack Diamond to The Art Institute of Chicago, 1962

Collection of The Art Institute of Chicago

Phillips New York, 8 October 2015, Sale 0402, Lot 145

"At a time when the streets are mostly empty and with no life, we chose these two street photographs in our collection. In fact, there are two links between these two photographers and their prints: both are Japanese and both have for years been wandering city streets to capture images. These two pictures are related to street photography, but in two very different ways, and in the search for two very different emotions. Daido Moriyama photographs are often illustrating the contrast between traditional values and the modern society of Japan. Most of the time they have been printed in sharp black and white contrasts as well. But here he is taking a far more subtle approach: in a very subdued grey toned print, traditional Japan is seen through glass, represented by a print inside a window, but the glass also delicately reflects an image of modern Japan in the street. In contrast, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, as would be expected from an architect, was mostly interested in the geometric interactions of mineral construction matter, buildings and streets, with organic living matter, people. Interestingly, here the cars may represent a true fusion between the two, mineral but also living matter by its movement and content. In this street picture, Ishimoto has perfectly captured the interaction between the geometry of inert elements, movement and people." - Roland Baron and Philippe Baron