Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in 1948 in Tokyo. During the 1970's he moved to America and studied photgraphy. Today Sugimoto is best known for his highly stylized photographic series such as those of seascapes, landscapes, cinemas and Buddhist figures. In recent years, Sugimoto's work has become increasingly concrete at the same time as it has become notably more abstract. It has broken out of, or beyond, photographic illusion to touch the moment of an ideal space rendered in photography. In his Architecture series (1997-2002), rather than photographing key modernist buildings to elucidate their lines and volumes, Sugimoto blurred the image in an effort to capture not the buildings themselves but mental images of them.

Above: Sugimoto, Forms, 2004

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