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Hiroshi Sugimoto is a contemporary Japanese photographer whose esoteric
practice explores memory and time. Using the intrinsic quality of long
exposure photography, the artist provides insight into how the medium
can both obscure and alter reality. Influenced by Dadaist and Surrealist
theory, Sugimoto's Seascapes, Dioramas, and Theaters, craft mysterious
scenes from vernacular subject matter.
Born on February 23, 1948,
in Tokyo, Japan, he graduated with a degree in sociology and politics
from Rikkyo University in 1970. The artist went on to receive his BFA in
photography from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles,
before moving to New York in the mid-1970s. He was the recipient of the
Hasselblad Award in 2001, and the subject of a mid-career retrospective
in 2006 organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in
Washington D.C. and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. The artist currently
lives and works between New York, NY and Tokyo, Japan.
works are presently held in the 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
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