Hiroshi Sugimoto ‘Black Box’

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Hiroshi Sugimoto has explored ideas of time, empiricism, and metaphysics through a surreal and formalistic approach since the 1970s. A self-described “habitual self-interlocutor,” Sugimoto uses the camera as a bridge between abstract questions and the quiet, comical nature of modern everyday life. Whether formally photographing Madame Tussauds wax figures and the wildlife scenes at the American Museum of Natural History, or opening the lens of his 8-by-10 camera to capture a two-hour-long film in one exposure, he explores themes of consumerism, narrative, and existence in rich and evocative imagery. This book presents a survey of Sugimoto’s iconic work, from his calm seascapes to his more recent exploration of lightning fields and photogenic drawing.

Specifications:   Aperture / FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE ・ 2016 ・ Hardcover ・ 28,5 x 28,5 cm. / 203 pages ・ English ・ 978-1-59711-359-5

Hiroshi Sugimoto, born in Tokyo in 1948, received a BA from Saint Paul´s University, Tokyo in 1970 ans a BFA from the Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles in 1974. Sugimoto moved to New York in 1974 at the height of Minimalism and Conceptual Art. Informed by these movements, as well as empiricism, metaphysics, and religion, Sugomoto´s images explore such archetypal themes as time and space, our perception of reality, and our relationship to history. Made with large format camera and primarily black and white film, his carefully composed series of photographs capture such varied sunjects as natural history dioramas, wax portraits, Buddhist sculptures, seascapes, drive-in theaters, electricity, and architecture. His work is held in public an private collections worldwide such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and the Tate Gallery, London. Sugimoto is the recipient of numerous honors, including a Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship in 1980 ans the Hasselblad Foundation Award in 2001. Sugimoto lives and works in New York City and Tokyo.

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