New York

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Sonnabend Gallery

Hiroshi Sugimoto is known primarily for the three series of photographs he has been working on since the late ’70s, early ’80s. The series are nominally differentiated by content—movie theater interiors, seascapes, and dioramas—although Sugimoto approaches them all with a precise sense of form: balanced if not symmetrical compositions, extreme clarity of focus, grays modulated into a sort of photographic grisaille, long exposure times reminiscent of Atget. All of this—the impulse to work in a series, to foster a project over a period of ten years or more, to apply a stringent set of compositional rules to his work—lends a tantalizing deliberateness to Sugimoto’s project, as though there were a single skeleton key leading to the machinery behind his method.

In his most recent exhibition, Sugimoto presented a disturbing series of photographs of dioramas along with his more recent series of

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