Hiroshi Sugimoto

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Hiroshi Sugimoto (杉本博司) is a Japanese Photographer. He was born on February 23rd, 1948 in Tokyo. Currently he works in both Tokyo and New York in the United States.



Not a great deal is known about his early life. He graduated from Rikkyo University with a degree in Economics and Politics, and then he received a BFA in Fine Arts from the Art Center College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California. He moved to New York in 1974, though he continues to showcase works and take photographs in Japan. He had his first solo exhibition in 1977.


His work is described as Dadaist and surrealist, and it most often contains photographs of architecture, manmade displays and landscapes. He photographs in color, often vivid color, and much of his work contains geometric shapes, often those that occur in architecture and naturally in nature.

An example of his photography is the project “Theaters” that he released in 1978 that was of various drive in movie complexes in America. Another was “Dioramas” that was of displays in natural history museums. More recently he has been photographing architecture but blurring it to make it more abstract.

He is also known for using long exposure cameras and attempting to use interesting lighting in order to reveal time in his photographs. He is also known for his architecture, which both influences his photography work and vice versa.


In 2001, he received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award. He has not yet received any Japanese awards, but that is likely due to his living in New York as he is still considered an acclaimed Japanese photographer.

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