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Ionian Sea, Santa Cesarea III

Ionian Sea, Santa Cesarea III

(Japanese, 1948-)
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.)
Location: not on view


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.
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Tom E Hinson. Catalogue of Photography. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1996. Reproduced: P. 351
  • Legacy of Light: Master Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 24, 1996-February 2, 1997).
    CMA, November 20,1996 - February 2, 1997: "Legacy of Light: Master Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art."
  • {{cite web|title=Ionian Sea, Santa Cesarea III|url=false|author=Hiroshi Sugimoto|year=1990|access-date=05 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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