Hiroshi Sugimoto

Marmar Sea by Sugimoto at GALLERY M

Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese, born 1948) is a renowned photographer and contemporary artist known for his technical precision and exploration of time and perception. Born in Tokyo, Sugimoto moved to the United States in the early 1970s to study photography at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, graduating in 1974. He then settled in New York City, where he began to develop his distinctive photographic style.


Sugimoto’s work often examines the passage of time and the nature of reality. One of his most famous series, "Dioramas" (1976-present), features photographs of natural history dioramas in museums, capturing lifelike scenes of animals in their natural habitats. Another notable series, "Theaters" (1978-present), consists of long-exposure photographs of movie theaters and drive-ins, where the film's entire runtime is condensed into a single image, resulting in a luminous white screen. 

In the "Seascapes" series (1980-present), Sugimoto captures the horizon line where the sea meets the sky in various locations around the world. These black-and-white photographs are minimalist and meditative, evoking a sense of timelessness. His "Architecture" series (1997-present) features blurred images of iconic buildings, exploring the abstraction of architectural forms.

Sugimoto’s work extends beyond photography to include installations, sculpture, and architecture. He designed the Enoura Observatory in Odawara, Japan, a cultural complex that blends art, architecture, and nature. Sugimoto has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including the Praemium Imperiale in 2009 and the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2001. His body of works are featured internationally in private collections, galleries and museums including:

  • Museum of Modern Art
  • National Gallery - London
  • Los Angeles Museum of Contempary Art

Sugimoto continues to live and work in New York and Tokyo.

GALLERY M represents a select collection of Hiroshi Sugimoto's works.  Contact us today to verify availability either by online request or toll free at 1.877.331.8401. 

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