1948 · Japan
Hiroshi Sugimoto is a Japanese photographer and architect. He is internationally renowned for his specific black-and-white, highly stylised photography series. Born on February 23th 1948 in Tokyo, he graduated with a degree in sociology and politics from Rikkyo University in 1970. After Hiroshi Sugimoto attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and graduated from a BFA in photography before moving to New York. Hiroshi Sugimoto's creative output combines a wide range of cultural influences extract from his life between Japan and the United States.
Influenced by Dadaist and Surrealist theories, Sugimoto’s absurd artistic approach explores the notions of memory and time notably through long exposure photography, “It was my goal to visualise the ancient layer of human memory with the means of photography”. In his photographs, Sugimoto engages with exploring architecture, sculpture, and landscapes in an illusion manner and aims to blur the distinction between fictive settings and reality. To create these effects, Hiroshi Sugimoto uses a large-format view camera in black-and-white film and works in a traditional wet-darkroom making print enlargements on double-weight gelatin silver paper. At the same time, Hiroshi Sugimoto narrowed the images to the essence of what he captured with a unique sense of clarity such as in the Architecture series (1997-2002).
During his career, Hiroshi Sugimoto has developed his works around ongoing photographs series started in the late seventies such as the Dioramas series along with the Seascapes and Theaters series. Sugimoto received the Hasselblad Award in 2001 In 2006, two major retrospectives were organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. His works are exhibited in permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Center for Contemporary Art in Kitakyushu, Japan.