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  • "Before the invention of movies was the invention of photography. To make a movie, you have to sew single-shot photographic images together to make it look like a movie. It is all an illusion to the human eye."
    —Hiroshi Sugimoto

    • Provenance

      Private Collection, Japan
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Sugimoto, Galleria SPSAS, Locarno, 5 August - 24 September 1995

    • Literature

      Damiani and Matsumoto Editions, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Theaters, p. 54, 173
      Galleria SPSAS, Sugimoto, n.p.
      Sonnabend Sundell Editions, THEATERS HIROSHI SUGIMOTO, pp. 84-85, 222

    • Artist Biography

      Hiroshi Sugimoto

      Japanese • 1948

      Hiroshi Sugimoto's work examines the concepts of time, space and the metaphysics of human existence through breathtakingly perfect images of theaters, mathematical forms, wax figures and seascapes. His 8 x 10 inch, large-format camera and long exposures give an almost eerie serenity to his images, treating the photograph as an ethereal time capsule and challenging its associations of the 'instant.' 

      In his famed Seascapes, Sugimoto sublimely captures the nature of water and air, sharpening and blurring the elements together into a seamless, formless entity.  This reflection of the human condition and its relationship with time follows through his exploration of historical topics and timeless beauty as he uniquely replicates the world around us.

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Civic, Auckland

Gelatin silver print.
16 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (41.9 x 54.6 cm)
Signed in pencil on the mount; blindstamp signature, title, date and number '19/25, 236' in the margin.

Full Cataloguing

$15,000 - 25,000 

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 6 April 2022