Hiroshi Sugimoto

by lcwb

I wanted to post something on a photographer I recently fell in love with all over again.

Japanese/American photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto knows how to take stunning photos.

'Baltic Sea Rugen', 1996, part of the 'Seascapes' series

His work, besides being visually stunning, also tickles the intellect. Sugimoto’s work often reflects his existentialist point of view, toyinh with concepts of perception and reality.

'North Atlantic Ocean, Cape Breton', 1996.

In his ‘Seascapes’ series, Sugimoto makes vastly different images of what appear to be the same oceanic horizon. Standing alone, the images are gorgeous, but collectively, they provoke a kind of heightened consciousness or awareness of something– existence, perception, — of “God”, maybe?

Sugimoto’s ‘Theatres’ series might be my favorite both visually and conceptually. He’s taken photos in different theatres from around the world of movies being projected onto enormous screens. Each photograph is literally a photograph of an entire movie– Sugimoto’s shutter literally stayed open for the entire duration of the film being screened.

'U.A. Walker, New York', 1978. Part of the 'Theatres' series.

Although these are really cool too.  Here are some images from his ‘Diorama’ series and from his ‘Portraits’ series– both series are photographs of inanimate  objects and representations from the Natural History Museum in NYC and Madame Tussaud’s wax museum looking entirely lifelike, begging the viewer to confront the concept of reality and non-reality.

'Earliest Human Relatives', 1994, Dioramas series

'Diana Princess of Wales', 1999, Portraits series

'Polar Bear', 1976, Dioramas series

'Fidel Castro', 1999, Portraits series

There are a lot more photographs I could post, but I won’t because I’m running out of time and am being a bad intern. If you’re still interested, check out his ‘Lightning Fields’ series for more gorgeous ‘graphs.