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Hiroshi Sugimoto: Dioramas

Text by Hiroshi Sugimoto.

"Alaskan Wolves" (1994) is reproduced from <I>Hiroshi Sugimoto: Dioramas</I>.Hiroshi Sugimoto (born 1948) began his four-decade-long series Dioramas in 1974, inspired by a trip to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Surrounded by the museum's elaborate, naturalistic dioramas, Sugimoto realized that the scenes jumped to life when looked at with one eye closed. Recreated forestry and stretches of uninhabited land, wild, crouching animals against painted backgrounds and even prehistoric humans seemed entirely convincing with this visual trick, which launched a conceptual exploration of the photographic medium that has traversed his entire career. Focusing his camera on individual dioramas as though they were entirely surrounding scenes, omitting their frames and educational materials and ensuring that no reflections enter the shot, his subjects appear as if photographed in their natural habitats. He also explores the power of photography to create history--in his own words, "photography functions as a fossilization of time." Hiroshi Sugimoto: Dioramas narrates a story of the cycle of life, death and rebirth, from prehistoric aquatic life to the propagation of reptile and animal life to Homo sapiens' destruction of the earth, circling back to its renewal, where flora and fauna flourish without man. Here Sugimoto writes his own history of the world, an artist's creation myth.
Hiroshi Sugimoto was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, where he studied politics and sociology at Rikkyõ University, later retraining as an artist at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, CA. He currently lives in New York and Tokyo.

"Alaskan Wolves" (1994) is reproduced from Hiroshi Sugimoto: Dioramas.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

The New Yorker

Andrea K. Scott

The Japanese photographer’s enormous black-and-white landscapes were made between 1976 and 2012 at natural-history museums. Their subjects are dioramas, displaying taxidermy animals and fake foliage against painted backdrops—dense layers of artifice, to which Sugimoto’s photographs add yet another layer. Like so much of the artist’s work, this series is conceptually brilliant, formally impressive, and ice cold. Which might be the point: we’re so alienated from nature that even the dioramas staged to involve us in animal drama (warthog vs. ostrich, polar bear vs. seal) come off as empty, if elaborate, tableaux.

Time Lightbox

Phil Bicker

A study in dioramas four decades in the making, Sugimoto's photographs explore the stylized reality of museum-made habitats and what they reveal about nature and the power of photography to document the natural world.

The New York Review of Books

Cathleen Schine

Perhaps the darkness struck me more than usual on a recent visit to the museum because I had just been looking at Hiroshi Sugimoto’s new book, Dioramas, a collection of his elegant black and white photographs of dioramas, many of which were taken at the Museum of Natural History.

Sugimoto uses long exposures, and the feeling I got from his work is just that: of observing something being exposed, something normally hidden, buried, and the uneasy sense that perhaps it was meant to remain hidden, undisturbed. The book with its smaller images is less intense. It’s harder to decipher the surprises and ambiguities in the photographs, but they’re there. The image on the cover of Dioramas is Sugimoto’s photograph of the polar bear looming above a seal that lies, oblong and fat, beside a crack in the pure white ice. The other day, a guest saw the book in my living room and said, “Oh, cute!” then, a quick double take as he noticed the droplets of blood: “Oh… dead.”

Publisher's Weekly

T. Fleischmann

A Canadian lynx in fake snow, Alaskan brown bears towering over painted backdrops, and Cro-Magnon families building homes out of bones all appear in Hiroshi Sugimoto: Dioramas (Damiani, $65), which features highlights from those museum visits. Sugimoto continues to take diorama photos today, fascinated, as he writes, by the way they 'present us with something simultaneously dead and alive.'

wired.com

Alyssa Coppelman

Don’t let the ease and beauty of Sugimoto’s images fool you. Before you get the idea that you, too, can waltz into your local natural history museum and take photos like this, understand the painstaking amount of craft in each shot. Sugimoto captures his scenes with a large format camera and long exposures sometimes five minutes in length. He adjusts lights and whatever else necessary to bring the taxidermy to life—so successfully that the line between real and fake is often blurred.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/29/2014

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Dioramas

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Dioramas

"When I first arrived in New York in 1974, I visited many of the city’s tourist sites, one of which was the American Museum of Natural History. I made a curious discovery while looking at the exhibition of animal dioramas: the stuffed animals positioned before painted backdrops looked utterly fake, yet by taking a quick peek with one eye closed, all perspective vanished, and suddenly they looked very real. I had found a way to see the world as a camera does. However fake the subject, once photographed, it’s as good as real." Featured excerpt and image, "Nyala" (1980) are reproduced from Hiroshi Sugimoto: Dioramas, featured this week in The New York Review of Books. continue to blog


HIROSHI SUGIMOTO MONOGRAPHS + ARTIST'S BOOKS

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Snow White

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: SNOW WHITE

DAMIANI/MATSUMOTO EDITIONS

ISBN: 9788862085205 | US $750.00

Pub Date: 12/26/2017
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Hiroshi Sugimoto: Theaters

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: THEATERS

Text by Hiroshi Sugimoto.

DAMIANI/MATSUMOTO EDITIONS

ISBN: 9788862084772 | US $60.00

Pub Date: 9/27/2016
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Hiroshi Sugimoto: Glass Tea House Mondrian

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: GLASS TEA HOUSE MONDRIAN

Edited with foreword by David Hrankovic. Preface by Pasquale Gagliardi. Text by Annabelle Selldorf.

WALTHER KöNIG, KOLN

ISBN: 9783863357498 | US $35.00

Pub Date: 9/29/2015
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Hiroshi Sugimoto: Glass Tea House Mondrian

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: GLASS TEA HOUSE MONDRIAN

Edited with foreword by David Hrankovic. Preface by Pasquale Gagliardi. Text by Annabelle Selldorf.

WALTHER KöNIG, KOLN

ISBN: 9783863357498 | US $35.00

Pub Date: 9/29/2015
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Hiroshi Sugimoto: The Long Never, Lightning Fields 304

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: THE LONG NEVER, LIGHTNING FIELDS 304

DAMIANI

ISBN: 9788862084604 | US $11,000.00

Pub Date: 4/26/2016
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Hiroshi Sugimoto: The Long Never, Lightning Fields 289

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: THE LONG NEVER, LIGHTNING FIELDS 289

Text by Jonathan Safron Foer.

DAMIANI

ISBN: 9788862084697 | US $11,000.00

Pub Date: 4/26/2016
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Hiroshi Sugimoto: The Long Never

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: THE LONG NEVER

Text by Jonathan Safran Foer.

DAMIANI/MATSUMOTO EDITIONS

ISBN: 9788862083843 | US $750.00

Pub Date: 9/29/2015
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Hiroshi Sugimoto: Seascapes

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: SEASCAPES

Text by Munesuke Mita.

DAMIANI

ISBN: 9788862084161 | US $70.00

Pub Date: 10/27/2015
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Hiroshi Sugimoto: Conceptual Forms and Mathematical Models

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: CONCEPTUAL FORMS AND MATHEMATICAL MODELS

Introduction by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Text by Klaus Ottmann.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775739214 | US $50.00

Pub Date: 3/24/2015
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Hiroshi Sugimoto: Dioramas

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: DIORAMAS

Text by Hiroshi Sugimoto.

DAMIANI

ISBN: 9788862083270 | US $65.00

Pub Date: 9/30/2014
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Hiroshi Sugimoto: Revolution

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: REVOLUTION

Text by Armin Zweite.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775734714 | US $60.00

Pub Date: 2/28/2013
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Hiroshi Sugimoto

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO

Edited by Pia Müller-Tamm. Text by Hiroshi Sugimoto, Kerry Brougher.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775724128 | US $125.00

Pub Date: 10/31/2010
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Looking through Duchamp’s Door

LOOKING THROUGH DUCHAMP’S DOOR

By Hans Belting.

WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN

ISBN: 9783865606051 | US $49.95

Pub Date: 2/28/2010
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Hiroshi Sugimoto: Theatres

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: THEATRES

Essay by Hans Belting.

WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN

ISBN: 9780615115962 | US $195.00

Pub Date: 3/1/2006
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Hiroshi Sugimoto

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO

Essays by David Elliott, Kerry Brougher and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

HATJE CANTZ PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783775716406 | US $95.00

Pub Date: 11/15/2005
Out of print | Not Available


Sugimoto: Portraits

SUGIMOTO: PORTRAITS

Edited by Nancy Spector and Tracey Bashkoff. Essays by Norman Bryson, Thomas Kellein and Carol Armstrong.

GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM

ISBN: 9780892072897 | US $40.00

Pub Date: 7/2/2003
Out of print | Not Available




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