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Hasselblad Award

Academic journal article Afterimage

Hasselblad Award

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The recipient of the 2001 Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography is Hiroshi Sugimoto. Sugimoto was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1948 and attended St. Paul's University in Tokyo. Sugimoto left Japan to study photography at the Art Center of Design in Los Angeles, California in 1970, a time when Minimal and Conceptual Art--both influences on his technique--reigned.

Beginning in the mid-'70s, the bulk of Sugimoto's work rests in the three collections Dioramas, Theaters and Seascapes. His Dioramas (begun in 1976) has concentrated on illusionistic three-dimensional displays to bring life to the evolutionary years. For Theaters (begun in 1978), Sugimoto spent months in American movie houses of the 1920-30s, as well as the drive-in theaters of later years. Sugimoto's third focus of interest has been his Seascapes, begun in 1980. In capturing seascapes from around the world, the horizon line precisely bisects the photograph, dividing the images into equal amounts of air and water.

The Foundation proclaims that "Sugimoto has been able to communicate his imagery to audiences all over the world." He uses the visages of famous people in Wax museum 1 and 2 (begun in 1976). …

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