‘Fossilizing’ With a Camera - Hiroshi Sugimoto photographs

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by starvy, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. What an interesting article on Hiroshi Sugimoto in the New York times.
    Direct link to the article http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/arts/design/hiroshi-sugimoto-at-the-american-museum-of-natural-history.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121009
    My favourite part -
    'Then Mr. Sugimoto set up his beloved R. H. Phillips and Sons 8x10 camera inside the curtains, focused it and took Polaroid film test shots, which he examined painstakingly in the beam of a spotlight shining down on the nearby bust of a long-dead botanist.'
  2. a choice paring from the immense collection of wunderkammer artifacts he has amassed since becoming one of the art world’s most successful photographers.​
    I rather expect he walks on water and heals the sick with a single touch...
  3. stp


    From the article: "Mr. Sugimoto said he continued to return to the Museum of Natural History — and to other natural history museums around the world — in part because he sees something in them, a realer-than-real,...."

    That just boggles my mind. Maybe to him an idealized, manufactured scene is realer-than-real, somewhat like a painting or a series of highly manipulated photographs passed off as a single exposure are "realer-than-real."
  4. Starvy,
    I enjoyed the article. I learned long ago to accept the gushy and simplistic writing for these things and try to separate the artist and the journalist. Mr. Sugimoto seems to know just what he wants to do with his career and fame and still make the photos he wants. There is only one way to experience his work and that is seeing the real prints. The same image either knocks you out or looks boring depending on its size. His big prints can look very dull. Size doesn't matter, it is how you display it! I'd love to see his work and Rothko together live! From the pics LINK I'd say Rothko wins by miles.
    I emulated his theme here. My ninja suit was at the cleaners. His picture (Ionian Sea, Santa Cesarea I, 1990) is just the right size and displayed beautifully at the end of a corridor by itself. It made me a Sugimoto believer.
  5. It's definitely a different sensibility from what is usually encountered on this website. I wonder what responses this would elicit from the critique forum here. Probably none.

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