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Hiroshi Sugimoto: The Hasselblad Award 2001

Hiroshi Sugimoto - The Hasselblad Award 2001Hiroshi Sugimoto: The Hasselblad Award 2001

Hiroshi Sugimoto
The Hasselblad Center
Edited by Gunilla Knape

Text by Gunilla Knape
Essay by Masashi Ogura


45 pages
330mm x 241mm


About The Artist
Hiroshi Sugimoto is a Japanese conceptual photographer. Known for his careful attention to light and shadow, he explores the idea of memory—its preservation and representation—in his ongoing series Seascapes (1980–present) and Theaters (1978–present). Influenced by Dada and Surrealist techniques and aesthetics, Sugimoto photographs movie and opera houses, natural history dioramas, and wax figures, using long exposures to create eerie scenes with unnatural lighting. Born on February 23, 1948, in Tokyo, Japan, Sugimoto graduated from the city’s Saint Paul’s University in 1970. He relocated to Los Angeles, CA to study photography at the Art Center College of Design, where he graduated in 1974. Later that year, he moved to New York. Sugimoto was the recipient of the Hasselblad award in 2001, and had a mid-career retrospective in 2006 organized by the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C. and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. He currently lives and works between New York, NY and Tokyo, Japan.

About the Author
Masashi Ogura is an art critic based in Tokyo. He is the co-founder of Toyko Art Speak, or TAS.

About The Publisher
Since 1980, the Hasselblad Center in Sweden has offered a yearly award to a major figure in photography whose work is internationally known. Past winners have included Koudelka, Meiselas, Sherman, and for 2002, Jeff Wall. In October of each year an exhibition is mounted and a catalogue is published. The award for 2001 went to Hiroshi Sugimoto, a Japanese-born photographer who has lived in New York since 1974 and whose work is deeply concerned with the paradoxes of time. This softbound catalogue, which is extremely well-printed, contains an essay by critic Masashi Ogura that succinctly describes the major themes and concepts animating Sugimoto’s photography.

Further Reading
About the Hasselblad Award