Hiroshi Sugimoto

In considering EYV Part 3 Project 2: A durational space, and attempting exercise 3.2 and researching assignment 3, I was particularly interested in the work of Hiroshi Sugimoto. I looked at the following links, as suggested in the course notes:



I wanted to record here my initial learning and thoughts about this artist.

Sugimoto, speaking about time, said that ‘there is no dramatic moment being captured, time flows on, you can’t define a moment in time.’

I was interested in how Sugimoto, in his Theatres series,  used exceptionally long exposures lasting for the entire duration of the film. Although he captured the movements made by the actors and the audience during a whole performance, no sign of their movement remained in the final image.


Image 1

Sugimoto’s images challenge the idea of an image being of a particular moment, instead investigating how extended periods of time can be recorded by a photograph.

I am particularly intrigued by Sugimoto’s Seascapes.


Image 2

How can images that should seem abstract have so much depth? I found myself entranced by them. This series of images are of the horizon between sea and sky, with the horizon in the centre. Despite no obvious technique to lead the eye into the image, the viewer is drawn into the picture.

I also particularly like Sugimoto’s Architecture Series.


Image 3

Sugimoto says: ‘In my series of architecture, every photography (sic) is intentionally out of focus.’ (Sugimoto 2013a). This series is a collection of photographs of famous architectural ‘icons’ that are blurred and out of focus. Sugimoto wanted to highlight the ‘essential form of each structure’ and capture the building as the architect’s initial vision, before the structure was built. (Sugimoto 2013a) By blurring the detail in the structures, the photographs suggest how the architect may have initially conceived the building, as a thought or initial idea.

‘Through photographs, we can get a revised image of the first vision which the architect had at art work place’ (Sugimoto 2013a)

I am interested in Sugimoto’s other works but I selected these because of a leaning towards these particular subjects. However, I have included some of his other images, and my thoughts about them, in my hard copy learning log.


Image 1

Sugimoto (1978) Theatres. Photograph. At: https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=sugimoto+theatres&qs=n&form=QBLH&scope=images&pq=sugimoto+theat&sc=0-14&sp=-1&sk=&cvid=597C45D0E61D44378FA63B1730ECDA84  Accessed 20 November 2016

Image 2:

Sugimoto (1980) Caribbean Sea, Jamaica. Photograph. At: http://www.sugimotohiroshi.com/seascape.html. Accessed 18 September 2016.

Image 3:

Sugimoto (2001) S C Johnson Building. Photograph. At: http://www.sugimotohiroshi.com/architecture.html.  Accessed 18 September 2016.


a             Memories of Origin Hiroshi Sugimoto (2013) [Youtube film] At https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhZJF4IPXcw. Accessed 5 August 2016

b           Takeshi Art Beat Hiroshi Sugimoto (2013) [Youtube film] Japanese Design Channel. At https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z3Cc6naiSA. Accessed on 15 August 2016.


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