Well known for his meditative, black-and-white images that capture such diverse subjects as theatres, museum dioramas, the ocean, and wax figures, Sugimoto is one of the most celebrated photographers of his time. Although the artist has photographed distinct bodies of water across the world, the locations of the resulting works are identified only by their titles, suggesting an equivalence. Sugimoto began photographing seascapes in 1980 and has ever since compiled an impressive body of works documenting marine waters in all different corners of the world. As described by Thomas Kellein, these works concern "a comparatively acultural, anonymous-seeming phenomenon that nevertheless continues to define our perception: the marine horizon, an epitome of flatness, vastness and distance, and therefore of basic orientation. In photograph after photograph, the horizon line precisely bisects the image, dividing two basic elements that lie outside our visual scope—water and air—into two optically equal but identical halves” (Thomas Kellein, ‘An Art that Teaches No Belief’, in: Thomas Kellein, et al., Eds., Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Exposed, Stuttgart 1995, p. 10).
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