Hiroshi Sugimoto - Photographs London Thursday, May 20, 2021 | Phillips

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  • 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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Time Exposed

Kyoto: Kyoto Shoin, 1991. 51 offset lithographs. Title page. Colophon. Enclosed in an aluminium clamshell case. One from an edition of 500.
50 prints approximately 24 x 31 cm (9 1/2 x 12 1/4 in.); one print 25 x 38.2 cm (1 7/8 x 15 in.).
Each with blindstamp title, date and number on the mount.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £23,940

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London Auction 20 May 2021