- Hatje Cantz
Texts by Kerry Brougher, Pia Müller-Tamm, Hiroshi Sugimoto, graphic design by Takaaki Matsumoto
2012. 400 pp., 232 ills., 51 in color, 181 in tritone
26.50 x 28.70 cm
"The Most Beautiful German Books Prize", 2005, "German Photo Book Award," 2006
| Selected major works from all of the photo series by the Japanese grand master, in a splendid, elegant volume
| Winner of the 2009 Praemium Imperiale, the so-called Nobel Prize for the arts
The spectacular series by Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto (*1948 in Tokyo) are characterized by matchless clarity and presence. His works are always an absolute embodiment of his chosen visual motif, reduced to its essence.
This exquisite monograph is the first to feature works selected from all of the series produced to date— including, of course, his most famous: Sugimoto's celebrated portraits of wax figures seem to face up to their living audiences; his Seascapes show us nothing less than a person's first conscious view of the ocean; the extremely long exposures of Theaters elevate the white, luminescent cinema screen, transforming it into a magical image of an altar; and the fascinating Dioramas—photographs of scientific display cases— allow us to travel with the artist far into the past to observe extinct animal species or the daily life of early man. Additions to the original edition are two new groups of works, Lightning Fields (2006) and Photogenic Drawings (2007).
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About the Artist
Photographer. Lives in New York and Tokyo.
For a long time its status in the art world was controversial; it has only been recently that photography has begun to be accepted as a full-fledged form of art.