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    Hiroshi Sugimoto  Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1948 Shitamachi Okachimachi, 1974 lives and works in New York. He has held solo exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Houston Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Tokyo Ohara Museum of Art and other places. His works are collections of the Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, National Gallery, London, Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian in Washington Society of Arts, London, Tate Gallery and many other public institutions.

Japanese contemporary photography famous men, but Sugimoto's work in particular, is unique. The 65-year-year-old photographer the lens at the Natural History Museum, the old theaters as well as the vast expanse of sea around the world, showing a picture of calm and fierce work, black and white image of the world stirring in a quiet silent place. His work swept the major international auction, a record auction record for Asian contemporary photography since no one can surpass. British "Times" published the 20th century's greatest artists 200 list, he is ranked Japanese four artists only living photographer.

Sugimoto is undoubtedly the most admired and worshiped photographers, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco beginning Lightning Fields exhibition will showcase the occupy an important position in contemporary photography in the photographer's latest photographic works on electricity in Under reproduction photography. Black and white images and current like mountains, like a wonderful natural, using 400,000 volts Van De Graaff generator, each photograph is a unique current image.

In the preface Sugimoto said electricity from the ancient Greek word elektron, most notably in the 18th century, Benjamin Franklin, in order to prove his hypothesis at great risk Liberating kite in a thunderstorm, 1831, Michael Faraday invention generators and electromagnetic induction law, since greatly changed people's lives. William Fox Talbot is the father of the power of photography, photosensitive materials for silver major discovery prompted the development of positive and negative film photography. Observe the release of electricity on the photographic dry plate negatives effect is one of my desire, which I revisit the pioneer important scientific discovery in the darkroom, and test them with their own eyes.

Sugimoto said, memory is an incredible thing: You do not remember what happened yesterday, but you can clearly recall the moment of childhood. In memory of these moments slowly passed, perhaps because of these experiences it is the first time, are bringing more lifelike impression. But then experience constant until adulthood are repeating the past and, therefore, become increasingly irrelevant. Thin recall your earliest memories from childhood all the way over, you can find the memory will always be piled up, layer upon layer.

Photographers depicted not without poetic he said: I saw a well. We have a mouthful of old wells in the backyard, through a hand pump to let the water gush out creak. This is a visual and auditory memory. In a sense, I realized that I had been born across the house and the street next to the building than the old house. Most of my neighbors Tokyo in World War II incendiary bomb destroyed subjected. Only our neighborhoods survived. There are also many things left in the 1923 Tokyo earthquake of fire. Our family has a small courtyard that well, looked up and saw limited sky, sometimes it feels more like a gloomy courtyard at the bottom of a well. So regardless of how memory is different, there is always a lingering dark depths. Sugimoto was born in a merchant family. He does not laugh and said: Photos always stir my memory. One kind of used to observe the hobby has been with me ever since. Often I'll watch some of the things on the age, regardless of what kind of state the object is always gave me a sense of contentment.

Such a tone, also decided to create a style photographer later.
So we in his photographs and see a desolate and forbidding landscape, with pale sky and snow-covered land, work together to create a white emptiness, a polar bear wandering in front of its prey. The screen appears a strong contrast: Hunter and the captors, action and inaction, life and death, through the black and white picture depicting a black and white world. (Above this group works as "peep show series")

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