Photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Texts by Kerry Brougher, Pia Muller-Tamm, Hiroshi Sugimoto, designed by Takaaki Matsumoto.
Hatje Cantz, 2009. 396 pp., 229 color and tritone illustrations, 10¼x11¼".
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 absolutely exquisite retrospective is an expanded edition of Hatje Cantz's 2005 volume. It is the first to feature works from all of Sugimoto's series to date: his celebrated portraits of wax figures, his incredible seascapes that seem to suggest a person's first conscious view of the ocean, the extremely long exposures of theaters which elevate the white, luminescent cinema screen and transform it into a magical image of an altar and the fascinating dioramas of scientific display cases, which invite us to travel far into the past. Additions to the original edition are two new groups of works, 'Lightning Fields' (2006) and 'Photogenic Drawings' (2007).