The Japanese photographer Yasuhiro Ishimoto who has died at the age of ninety was one of the leading figures in the renaissance of photography in Japan in the years immediately after the Second World War. Born in the USA he first entered Japan with his parents when he was three years old, his father was a farmer and in spite of his desire to become an engineer he began studying agriculture in high school. When the war with Manchuria threatened in 1939 his mother, as he had been born in the United States, succeeded in arranging for him to return to the US immediately following his graduation from high school, and thus he was able to avoid conscription into the army.
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