Hiroshi Sugimoto

sugimotoHiroshi Sugimoto was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1948. Even before his enrollment at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, Sugimoto was reading the writings of Andé Breton. He quickly discovered Surrealism and Dada, forming an immediate connection with Marcel Duchamp’s artwork and philosophy. Sugimoto’s work deals with the notion that photography is a time machine, a fossilization of time, promoting a stillness that demands contemplation. Although classified as a photographer, Sugimoto sees and observes as a sculptor, painter, architect, and philosopher. He is extremely interested in conveying an inner essence. He understands and investigates the nuances of black and white prints, experimenting with the nuances of grays. These themes are the defining characteristics of his ongoing series, including “Dioramas” (1976–), “Theatres” (1978–), and “Seascapes” (1980–). Today, he lives and works in New York and Tokyo. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2001. He has exhibited his prints in many museums, and is now building his own museum, slated to open in 2016.