Hiroshi Sugimoto is a contemporary Japanese photographer whose esoteric practice explores memory and time. Using the intrinsic quality of long exposure photography, the artist provides insight into how the medium can both obscure and alter reality. Influenced by Dadaist and Surrealist theory, Sugimoto’s Seascapes, Dioramas, and Theaters, craft mysterious scenes from vernacular subject matter.
“Photography is like a found object. A photographer never makes an actual subject; they just steal the image from the world, photography is a system of saving memories. It’s a time machine, in a way, to preserve the memory, to preserve time.”