An image of Bass Strait, Table Cape

Sugimoto Hiroshi

(Japan, United States of America 1948 – )

Bass Strait, Table Cape

Not on display
Further information

The seascapes, taken in as many places on the globe as Sugimoto has been able to travel to, register the unvarying aspect of the horizon always perfectly bisecting the image. However, within each frame the texture of night and day, and the imminent movement of the sea and clouds, is also apparent. Viewing these photographs there is no particular object on which to dwell - instead of looking at an image, we look across a space and into a void.

Sugimoto uses the camera reductively. The long exposures, ongoing series and regular format of all his photographs capture in a minute detail the similarities and differences from one frame to another. The artist has said that the series of seascapes are 'remembrances of the photographed past, the first memory when as a child I saw the sea. The more I take pictures the nearer I am to this first memory. The first memory of the first awareness of self.'

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.295.

gelatin silver photograph
42.4 x 64.3 cm image; 47.5 x 70.3 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.r.corner mount., pencil "Hiroshi Sugimoto". Dated l.centre mount., blind embossed "...1997".

Purchased 1997
Accession number
© Hiroshi Sugimoto, courtesy Pace Gallery