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"Hiroshi Sugimoto: 2001 Hasselblad Foundation Award Winner"
2001-10-20 until 2002-01-06
The Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto is the recipient
of the Hasselblad Award, 2001. The prize ceremony in
Göteborg in October will be accompanied by a retrospective
of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s work with his recent series, Portraits,
from 1999 and not previously shown in Scandinavia, figuring
as its main focus.
Hiroshi Sugimoto numbers today among the most highly
regarded photographers of our time. In pursuing his main
themes – the fluidity of the boundaries separating the
domains of history, art, religion and science – Sugimoto has
succeeded in melding contemplative elements from the East
with cultural motifs from the West.
Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in Japan in 1948. Educated at St
Paul’s University in Tokyo, he left Japan in 1970 in order to
study photography at the Art Center College of Design in Los
Angeles, at a time when Minimalism and Conceptual Art were
gaining ground in the USA. Both movements found in
Sugimoto an avid exponent and his work continues to
evidence their influence.
Ever since his first project, Dioramas, embarked upon in
1976, Sugimoto has worked on extended series. The series
Theaters, beginning in 1978 and continuing to the present
day, involved Sugimoto’s photographing American movie
theaters from the 1920s and ‘30s. The making of exposures
using a large-format camera throughout the entire showing of
a movie enabled Sugimoto to catch both screen and the
movie theater interior on film. This resulted in photographs
showing the screen metamorphosed into a brilliant white
portal opening onto infinity.
Frank Lloyd Wright, 1997