The Fine Art of Hiroshi Sugimoto
September 5, 2007 by Miguel Garcia-Guzman
Hiroshi Sugimoto is one of the pioneers of fine art photography in the 1070s. You can see several interesting videos and interviews with Sugimoto during his visit to the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. I like specially his series of architecture and seascapes.
by Hiroshi Sugimoto from the series “Seascapes”
One New York night in 1980, during another of my internal question-and-answer sessions, I asked myself, “Can someone today view a scene just as primitive man might have?” The images that came to mind were of Mount Fuji and the Nachi Waterfall in ages past. A hundred thousand or a million years ago would Mount Fuji have looked so very different than it does today? I pictured two great mountains; one, today’s Mount Fuji, and the other, Mount Hakone in the days before its summit collapsed, creating the Ashinoko crater lake. When hiking up from the foothills of Hakone, one would see a second freestanding peak as tall as Mount Fuji. Two rivals in height—what a magnificent sight that must have been! Unfortunately, the topography has changed. Although the land is forever changing its form, the sea, I thought, is immutable. Thus began my travels back through time to the ancient seas of the world.-Hiroshi Sugimoto
by Hiroshi Sugimoto from the series “Architecture”
Early-twentieth century Modernism greatly transformed our lives, liberating the human spirit from untold decoration. No longer needing to draw attention from God, all aristocratic attempts at ostentation have fallen away. At last we avail ourselves of mechanical aids far beyond our human powers, attaining the freedom to shape things at will. I decided to trace the beginnings of our age via architecture. Pushing my old large-format camera’s focal length out to twice-infinity—with no stops on the bellows rail, the view through the lens was an utter blur—I discovered that superlative architecture survives, however dissolved, the onslaught of blurred photography. Thus I began erosion-testing architecture for durability, completely melting away many of the buildings in the process.- Hiroshi Sugimoto
Below there there are also a couple of interesting video interviews with the artist revieweing his carrer and his views of art.