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Hiroshi Sugimoto

The First Encounter - Italy through eyes of Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tensho Embassy installation views Galleria Continua, San Gimignano. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Pieta, by Michelangelo 2016, gelatin-silver print, 185 x 155 x 3 cm (framed).

Hiroshi Sugimoto

The First Encounter - Italy through eyes of Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tensho Embassy installation views Galleria Continua, San Gimignano. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi 2016, gelatin-silver print, 185 x 155 x 3 cm (framed)

Hiroshi Sugimoto

The First Encounter - Italy through eyes of Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tensho Embassy installation views Galleria Continua, San Gimignano. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Staircase at Villa Farnese II 2016, gelatin-silver print, 149 x 119.4 cm.

Hiroshi Sugimoto

The First Encounter - Italy through eyes of Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tensho Embassy installation views Galleria Continua, San Gimignano. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Hiroshi Sugimoto

The First Encounter - Italy through eyes of Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tensho Embassy installation views Galleria Continua, San Gimignano. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Map Room at Villa Farnese 2016, gelatin-silver print, 185 x 155 x 3 cm (framed).

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Teatro all’Antica, Sabbioneta 2015, gelatin-silver print, 85,5 x 72 x 3 cm (framed)

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Teatro Farnese, Parma 2015, gelatin-silver print, 85,5 x 72 x 3 cm (framed)

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Teatro Comunale Masini, Faenza 2015, gelatin-silver print, 85,5 x 72 x 3 cm (framed)

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Villa Mazzacorati, Bologna 2015, gelatin-silver print, 85,5 x 72 x 3 cm (framed)

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Teatro Scientifico del Bibiena, Mantova 2015, gelatin-silver print, 85,5 x 72 x 3 cm (framed)

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza 2015, gelatin-silver print, 83,3 x 65,5 x 3 (framed)

Hiroshi Sugimoto

The First Encounter - Italy through eyes of Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tensho Embassy installation views Galleria Continua, San Gimignano. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Hiroshi Sugimoto

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO, exhibition view Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, © Hiroshi Sugimoto, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Hiroshi Sugimoto

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO, exhibition view Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, © Hiroshi Sugimoto, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Hiroshi Sugimoto

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO, exhibition view Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, © Hiroshi Sugimoto, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Cinema Teatro Nuovo, San Gimignano, 2014, gelatins-silver print, 119,4 x 149,2 cm, 152,7 x 182,6 x 7,6 cm (framed)

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Confession of Zero, 2014, stainless steel, marble, 393 x 140 ø cm, Photo Alessandro Moggi

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Confession of Zero, 2014, stainless steel, marble, 393 x 140 ø cm, Photo Alessandro Moggi

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Confession of Zero, 2014, stainless steel, marble, 393 x 140 ø cm, Photo Alessandro Moggi

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Confession of Zero, 2014, stainless steel, marble, 393 x 140 ø cm, Photo Alessandro Moggi

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Confession of Zero, 2014, stainless steel, marble, 393 x 140 ø cm, Photo Alessandro Moggi

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Cinema Teatro Nuovo, San Gimignano, gelatins-silver print, 119,4 x 149,2 cm, 152,7 x 182,6 x 7,6 cm (framed), © Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto

DUOMO, SIENA, 2014, gelatin silver, 149 x 119.4 cm (58 3/4 x 47 inches), 185 x 155 cm framed, © Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Salle 37, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2013, gelatins-silver print, 119,4 x 149,2 cm, 152,7 x 182,6 x 7,6 cm (framed), © Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Cinema Odeon, Firenze, 2013, gelatins-silver print, 119,4 x 149,2 cm, 152,7 x 182,6 x 7,6 cm (framed), © Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Onduloid: a surface of revolution with constant non-zero mean curvature, 2004, gelatins-silver print, 58,6 x 47 cm, © Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Kuen's surface: a surface with constant negative curvature, 2004, gelatins-silver print, 58,6 x 47 cm, © Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Conic surface of revolution with constant negative curvature, 2004, gelatins-silver print, 58,6 x 47 cm, © Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto, capturing time and temporal existence

Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in 1948 in Tokyo and took his earliest photographs in high school. After University he travelled to the West, where he encountered communist countries such as the Soviet Union and Poland before arriving in Western Europe.
When he moved to New York in 1974 he visited the American Museum of Natural History for the first time and was hypnotized by the diorama of animals and people. The animals were simultaneously real and surreal; he had found a way to look at the world as if he were a camera.
Sugimoto is a multi-disciplinary artist who works with photography, sculpture, installation and architecture. Through his work he investigates a variety of subjects that deal with history and temporal existence.
The photographs that make up Sugimoto's series are mental images, concepts made possible thanks to the control of the photographic medium and the printing process followed by the author. Time is a central theme in the artist’s work. Using long exposure photography, Sugimoto presents work that demonstrates how the medium can both manipulate and modify reality.
During his career, he has received many prizes and awards. His work is kept in many international museums and institutions such as the Tate Gallery of London, the Metropolitan Museum of New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. 

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