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Hiroshi Sugimoto

b. 1948, Tokyo, Japan

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Hiroshi Sugimoto received a BA from Saint Paul’s University in Tokyo and a BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Since the 1970s, Sugimoto’s black and white photographs have explored themes of temporality, history, and memory. His multi-disciplinary work spans photography, painting, installation and architecture, as well as performance art for theater. Sugimoto moved to New York in 1974 and in 1976 began his "Dioramas" series following a visit to the American Museum of Natural History. Also in 1976, Sugimoto started his "Theaters" series, photographing movie theaters while a film projected onto the screen and a single photographic exposure lasted the length of the film. His other photographic series include "Seascapes", "Portraits" (of Madame Tussaud’s wax figures), "Architecture", "Colors of Shadow", "Conceptual Forms" and "Lightning Fields". Sugimoto’s work is held in public collections including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; The National Gallery, London; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Smithsonian Institute of Art, Washington, D.C.; and Tate, London. He has received numerous grants and fellowships including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1980 and the National Endowment for the Arts in 1982. In 2001, he won the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. Sugimoto lives and works in New York and Tokyo.