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Hiroshi Sugimoto

Night Seascape, Ionian Sea, Santa Cesarea, 1990 / Day Seascape, English Channel, Weston Cliff, 1994, 1990/1996

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Miniature photograph, paulownia box,
rice paper-lined inner felt lid,
silver-plated knob (hand made in Japan), image: approx. 2 x 1 5/8” (4,2 x 5,3 cm),
box: approx. 6 1/4 x 5 x 1 3/4”
(4,6 x 15,7 x 12,8 cm).
Ed. of 35/X day and 35/X night,
signed and numbered

Quintessential photography—the vast horizons of night and day bedded in a beautiful little box.


“‘Maybe I am already half dead.’—Hiroshi Sugimoto. I am almost inclined to take Hiroshi Sugimoto at his word. Since 1976 he has been elaborating on three basic themes—dioramas, movie theatres, and seascapes—and almost every picture shares the same quiet morbidity, as if all his prints had been developed in embalming fluid.” Ralph Rugoff Parkett No. 46, 1996