Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in Japan in 1948. A photographer since the 1970s, his work deals with history and temporal existence by investigating themes of time, empiricism, and metaphysics. His primary series include: Seascapes, Theaters, Dioramas, Portraits (of Madame Tussaud’s wax figures), Architecture, Colors of Shadow, Conceptual Forms and Lightning Fields. Sugimoto has received a number of grants and fellowships, and his work is held in the collections of the Tate Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of New York, among many others. Portraits, initially created for the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, traveled to the Guggenheim New York in March 2001. Sugimoto received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2001. In 2006, a mid career retrospective was organized by the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. A monograph entitled Hiroshi Sugimoto was produced in conjunction with the exhibition. He received the Photo España prize, also in 2006, and in 2009 was the recipient of the Paemium Imperiale, Painting Award from the Japan Arts Association. During the 2014 Venice Biennale, Sugimoto unveiled his “Glass Tea House Mondrian” at Le Stanze del Vetro on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore.

North Pacific Ocean, Ohkurosaki, 2013, gelatin-silver print
Earliest Human Relatives, 1994, gelatin-silver print
Avalon Theater, Catalina Island, 1993, gelatin-silver print
Lightning Fields 225, 2009, gelatin-silver print
S.C. Johnson Building, 2001, gelatin-silver print
The Music Lesson, 1999, gelatin-silver print
Studio Drive-In, Culver City, 1993, gelatin-silver print
Lake Superior, Eagle River, 2003, gelatin-silver print
Pantheon, 2015, gelatin-silver print
Distorted Universal Vision (Self-Portrait), 2003, gelatin-silver print