Sugimoto : Architecture


Author: Marco De Michelis Editor: Francesco Bonami | Photographer: Hiroshi Sugimoto

Publisher: DAP | Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Materials: Hardcover Book with Dust Jacket

Country of Origin: Printed in Germany

Date: 2003

Dimensions: 11.25” W x 12.25” H x 1" D

Condition: Excellent over all. Flaw in binding on inside back cover.

Known for his long-exposure photographic series of empty movie theaters and drive-ins, seascapes, museum dioramas, and waxworks, Hiroshi Sugimoto has been turning his camera on international icons of twentieth-century architecture since 1997. His deliberately blurred and seemingly timeless photographs depict structures as diverse as the Empire State Building, Le Corbusier's Chapel de Nütre Dame du Haut, and Tadao Ando's Church of Light in Osaka.

The resulting black-and-white photographs, shot distinctly out of focus and from unusual angles, are not attempts at documentation but rather evocation. Like the theatres or seascapes, the buildings are isolated from their contexts, allowing them to exist as dreamlike, uninhabited ideals.