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Hiroshi Sugimoto Hardcover – October 31, 2010
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The book begins with his portraits in a wax museum and dioramas from New York's Museum of Natural History. All of his photographs are made with large format camera and the detail is exquisite. Conceptually, the camera gazes upon reproduction figures that are perhaps better than life itself, arranged like sculpture. The meaning of these objects (and places) becomes a recurring theme in his work that ultimately questions the medium itself. Real fiction.
The highlight of the book in my estimation are the minimalist sea landscapes that capture light and question time -- they are devoid of a decisive moment. These images are absolutely spellbinding in person and, for a book, the reproduction is very good.
The weakest part are photographs made by Sugimoto of blurred buildings, which take on a toy like scale, again questioning the reality of the original object. The selection of which building is clearly important, but the execution just isn't as exciting or masterful as the other work in this book. This is a very difficult area and very few photographers have pulled it off (try David Armstrong: All Day Every Day also available at Amazon)
Conceptually, the mathematical models, created in the late 1800's and early 1900's are fascinating.Read more ›
I think the book is a really good survey of Sugimoto, but I have to say that I was extremely perplexed and disappointed by the decision of the publisher and the artist to publish the work in such a small format. If you've ever seen any of Sugimoto's prints, they are on the order of 4 feet by 5 feet and larger. Their size is important to the presence of the work and highlights the incredible detail that can be captured by a committed artist using very large format cameras. The prints reproduced in the book are just too small to be able to capture any of this impact.
This really drops the rating for me. if it had been twice or three times the dimensions as published it would have just been big enough.
A few words that come in mind when viewing Sugimoto's work: Japanese aesthetics, minimalism, intellectual, somewhat cold, static and precise. I am a fan of such work, but if you prefer emotional drama, look elsewhere.
Overall a great addition to one's photobooks library.
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Beautifuly produced catalog
of Sugimoto's works. Paper is highest quality and images are perfectly reproduced. Any lover of photography must own this book.