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Don't let the ease and beauty of Sugimoto's images fool you. Before you get the idea that you, too, can waltz into your local natural history museum and take photos like this, understand the painstaking amount of craft in each shot. Sugimoto captures his scenes with a large format camera and long exposures sometimes five minutes in length. He adjusts lights and whatever else necessary to bring the taxidermy to life--so successfully that the line between real and fake is often blurred.--Alyssa Coppelman " " A Canadian lynx in fake snow, Alaskan brown bears towering over painted backdrops, and Cro-Magnon families building homes out of bones all appear in Hiroshi Sugimoto: Dioramas (Damiani, $65), which features highlights from those museum visits. Sugimoto continues to take diorama photos today, fascinated, as he writes, by the way they 'present us with something simultaneously dead and alive.'--T. Fleischmann "Publisher's Weekly " A study in dioramas four decades in the making, Sugimoto's photographs explore the stylized reality of museum-made habitats and what they reveal about nature and the power of photography to document the natural world.--Phil Bicker "Time Lightbox " The Japanese photographer's enormous black-and-white landscapes were made between 1976 and 2012 at natural-history museums. Their subjects are dioramas, displaying taxidermy animals and fake foliage against painted backdrops--dense layers of artifice, to which Sugimoto's photographs add yet another layer. Like so much of the artist's work, this series is conceptually brilliant, formally impressive, and ice cold. Which might be the point: we're so alienated from nature that even the dioramas staged to involve us in animal drama (warthog vs. ostrich, polar bear vs. seal) come off as empty, if elaborate, tableaux.--Andrea K. Scott "The New Yorker " Perhaps the darkness struck me more than usual on a recent visit to the museum because I had just been looking at Hiroshi Sugimoto's new book, Dioramas, a collection of his elegant black and white photographs of dioramas, many of which were taken at the Museum of Natural History. Sugimoto uses long exposures, and the feeling I got from his work is just that: of observing something being exposed, something normally hidden, buried, and the uneasy sense that perhaps it was meant to remain hidden, undisturbed. The book with its smaller images is less intense. It's harder to decipher the surprises and ambiguities in the photographs, but they're there. The image on the cover of Dioramas is Sugimoto's photograph of the polar bear looming above a seal that lies, oblong and fat, beside a crack in the pure white ice. The other day, a guest saw the book in my living room and said, "Oh, cute!" then, a quick double take as he noticed the droplets of blood: "Oh... dead."--Cathleen Schine "The New York Review of Books "
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Hiroshi Sugimoto (born 1948) began his four-decade-long series Dioramas in 1974, inspired by a trip to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Surrounded by the museum's elaborate, naturalistic dioramas, Sugimoto realized that the scenes jumped to life when looked at with one eye closed. Recreated forestry and stretches of uninhabited land, wild, crouching animals against painted backgrounds and even prehistoric humans seemed entirely convincing with this visual trick, which launched a conceptual exploration of the photographic medium that has traversed his entire career. Focusing his camera on individual dioramas as though they were entirely surrounding scenes, omitting their frames and educational materials and ensuring that no reflections enter the shot, his subjects appear as if photographed in their natural habitats. He also explores the power of photography to create history--in his own words, "photography functions as a fossilization of time." Hiroshi Sugimoto: Dioramas narrates a story of the cycle of life, death and rebirth, from prehistoric aquatic life to the propagation of reptile and animal life to Homo sapiens' destruction of the earth, circling back to its renewal, where flora and fauna flourish without man. Here Sugimoto writes his own history of the world, an artist's creation myth. Hiroshi Sugimoto was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, where he studied politics and sociology at Rikky University, later retraining as an artist at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, CA. He currently lives in New York and Tokyo.

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  • VerlagDamiani
  • Erscheinungsdatum2014
  • ISBN 10 8862083270
  • ISBN 13 9788862083270
  • EinbandTapa dura
  • Anzahl der Seiten118
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Buchbeschreibung Hardcover. Zustand: New. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: New. 1st Edition. First edition, first printing. Boldly signed (in English) with silver marker on the front free endpaper (opposite the title page) by Sugimoto. Hardcover. Fine cloth-covered boards, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs and text by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Creative direction and design by Takaaki Matsumoto, Matsumoto Incorporated, New York. Editorial coordination, copy editing and production management by Amy Wilkins, Matsumoto Incorporated, New York. Color separations, printing and binding by Grafiche Damiani, Italy. Printed on Phoenix Motion Xantur 170 gsm paper. 118 pp., with 56 duotone plates. 11-1/4 x 10-1/4 inches. New in publisher's shrink-wrap (slit open for signature). Dust jacket enclosed in a clear archival Brodart removable protective cover (publisher's shrink-wrap saved and included). From the publisher: "Damiani is pleased to announce the publication of a series of books on Sugimoto's work, in collaboration with Matsumoto Editions. The first title is Hiroshi Sugimoto: Dioramas. Hiroshi Sugimoto began to photograph his Dioramas series, a body of work that spans almost four decades, when he moved to New York City from Japan in 1974. While looking at the galleries in the American Museum of Natural History, he noticed that if he looked at the dioramas with one eye closed, the artificial scenes--prehistoric humans, dinosaurs, and taxidermied wild animals set in elaborately painted backgrounds--looked utterly convincing. This visual trick launched his conceptual exploration of the photographic medium, which continues today. Through his career, Sugimoto has addressed the photograph's power to create a history. He has said, 'photography functions as a fossilization of time.' In the Dioramas series, Sugimoto persuades the viewer that the photographer has captured a lived moment in time, although each scene is an elaborately crafted fiction. Hiroshi Sugimoto: Dioramas narrates a story of the cycle of life, death and rebirth, from prehistoric aquatic life to the propagation of reptile and animal life to homo sapiens' destruction of the planet--and then to a renewal of the earth, where flora and fauna flourish without man. Here Sugimoto writes his own history of the world, an artist's creation myth." Signed by Author. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers 112049

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