HIROSHI SUGIMOTO – TAASA Review December 2020


This article was originally found in the December 2020 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 29, Issue 4, Page 8).

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Judy Annear Hiroshi Sugimoto’s interest in light and dark, the real and the illusory began when he was very young and just beginning to take photographs–it was only when the world and its objects were captured in a photograph that it acquired reality, he thought (Sugimoto 2016: 196).

In his views on the relationship between light and dark, Sugimoto concurs with early 20th century Japanese writer Jun’ichiro Tanizaki (1886�1965): it is shadow rather than light that models objects and it is darkness which gives form to that which emerges from it (Tanizaki 1977). present the previously unthought and unseen.

State Theatre, Sydney belongs to Hiroshi Sugimoto’s longest running and largest photographic series, Theatres, his second after Dioramas...