Hiroshi Sugimoto is a brilliant photographer, an accomplished architect and a performance artist. He is best known for his photographs, often series of events or images that explore philosophical issues, such as: does the camera always capture what is really there?
Sugimoto was born in Tokyo, Japan. He began studying politics and sociology at St. Paul’s University in Tokyo graduating in 1970. After a couple of years, he moved to the study of art, receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Art Center College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles. In 1974 Sugimoto moved to New York, where he resides today
Selected recent exhibitions include: in 2005, a solo exhibition “History of History” at the Japan Society Gallery (New York) and a solo exhibition “Hiroshi Sugimoto: End of Time” at the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo); in 2006, a solo exhibition “Hiroshi Sugimoto” at the Smithsonian, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, (Washington D.C.) and at The Modern Art Museum (Fort Worth, Texas), a group exhibition “Dark Matter” at the White Cube (London); in 2007, a group exhibition “Modern Photographs from the Collection XIV” at the Metropolitan Museum (New York); in 2008, a solo exhibition “7Days/7Nights” at the Gagosian Gallery (New York), a group exhibition “Seascapes: Tryon and Sugimoto” at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Washington, D.C.), and a group exhibition “Photography on Photography: Reflections on the Medium since 1960” at the Metropolitan Museum (New York); in 2009, a solo exhibition “Nature of Light” at the Izu Photo Museum (Mishima, Shizuoka), a solo exhibition “Lightning Fields” at the Frankel Gallery (San Francisco) and at the Gallery Koyanagi (Tokyo), a group exhibition “Mapping the Studio” at the Punta della Dogana (Venice), and a group exhibition “The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York).
Sugimoto is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including, the 2009 Praemium Imperiale Award – painting category (Tokyo) and the 2001 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (Göteborg, Sweden).