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Born in Tokyo in 1948, Hiroshi Sugimoto moved to the United States in 1970 to study photography at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, earning a B.F.A. in 1974.  There he absorbed the tenets of Conceptualism and Minimalism that continue to inform the technical and intellectual rigor of his work. In 1974 he moved to New York City. In his photographic series, as well as his experiments with sculptural objects, architecture and exhibition design, Sugimoto attempts to highlight and expand our perception of such abstract qualities as time, light, space, movement, spirit - and the nature of reality itself.  His work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group shows.  He was the recipient of the Mainichi Art Prize in 1988, the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2001, and in 2009 he was named the Praemium Imperiale Laureate in the category of Painting.

Solo exhibitions of Sugimoto’s artwork have been presented at the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C., Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and The National Museum of Art, Osaka. His photographs are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery and the Tate Gallery in London, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the National Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, among others.

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photography © Yoshio Suzuki