May 19, 2009

Ionian Sea, Santa Cesarea III

Ionian Sea, Santa Cesarea III


Hiroshi Sugimoto

(Japanese, 1948-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 42.2 x 54.2 cm (16 5/8 x 21 5/16 in.); Paper: 48.7 x 60.2 cm (19 3/16 x 23 11/16 in.); Matted: 63.5 x 81.3 cm (25 x 32 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry, Mrs. John B. Dempsey, and Mr. Donald F. Barney, Jr., in honor of Brenda and Evan Turner 1994.24

Impression: 18



In his striking, minimal seascapes, Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto conveys the sensation of timelessness and infinite space. For this series, begun in 1980, he traveled the world to photograph vast bodies of water from high cliffs using a large-format camera. By eliminating all indications of land and humanity, Sugimoto revealed the subtle differences in atmosphere, light, wind, and wave patterns at each site. In these three prints, the junction of sea and sky is depicted in the morning, on a foggy day not long before noon, and one hour after dusk. With trance-like intensity, these evocative seascapes provide cogent metaphors for transience, emptiness, and dislocation.

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