In Brief

The photographer Yasuhiro Ishimoto’s images of the pioneering architecture of Greene and Greene have a minimal aesthetic that still looks contemporary

This article titled “Pacific ocean cool: when American Arts and Crafts met Japanese modernism” was written by Jordan Riefe in Los Angeles, for theguardian.com on Friday 24th June 2016 21.23 UTC

A few months before his death in 2012, photographer Yasuhiro Ishimoto requested that his 1974 series on architects Greene and Greene be exhibited in California. The Museum of Art, Kochi, the series’s current home in Japan, is not a lending institution and none of the collection has ever been outside the country until now. At San Marino’s Huntington Library is Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Bilingual Photography and the Architecture of Greene and Greene, a unique exploration of modernism, American Arts and Craft movement and traditional Japanese architecture presented in a lean series of 46 eloquently minimal black and white photos.

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