Hiroshi Sugimoto (Tokyo, 1948) is a Japanese artist who explores time and memory through photography. His work brings the viewer into a reflection on knowledge, emptiness, death and everything that transcends the human body and moves into the spiritual. Working from a minimalist and conceptual aesthetic, Sugimoto throws away all forms of aesthetic excess and focuses on recreating beauty and harmony with extreme simplicity. The overall result of his work are images of great psychological depth.
Sugimoto uses photographic techniques such as long exposure and black and white to modify reality and generate suggestive images. His work in color represents an aesthetic leap, as, for example, his polaroids that observe light through a prism. The results are abstract images of very intense flat colors, which reminds the viewer of Rothko's paintings.
Hiroshi Sugimoto received the Hasselblad Award in 2001. He had a retrospective in 2006 at the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. In addition to having exhibitions around the world, his work is part of the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the MoMa in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, and the CCA Kitakyushu in Japan.
Palace Pennsylvania, 1977
Gelatin silver print
19 x 23 inches