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    • Sugimoto
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition.

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  • Date

    • 1988
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    • Height: 25.7 centimetres (covers)
    • Width: 33.7 centimetres (covers)
  • Curator's comments

    Sugimoto was born in 1948 in Tokyo. Having studied Marxist economics and German idealism at St. Paul's University (Tokyo) he travelled across the Soviet Union to see socialism in practice. Feeling a trifle disillusioned by this experience he proceeded to California where he studied photography at the Art Center College of Design (L.A.) graduating in 1972. He moved to New York and started a business dealing in Japanese antiques. The present catalogue was printed on the occasion of Sugimoto's exhibition at Sonnabend Gallery in New York from June 11th to September 17th, 1988, followed by one at Zeit Gallery in Tokyo. It is his first printed work and another edition was published by Libroport (Tokyo) in the same year. The book is divided into three chapters, namely 'Theatres' (old cinemas) 'Dioramas' (showcases from American Natural History museums, a series he had been working on from the late '70s) and 'Seascapes' (possibly the most impressive of the series). The unifying factor in these b.-w. images is a sense of cool distance. Somehow the influence of America is tangible in his work. Only one copy (of each issue) in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)


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    • PB.161 (Photobook number)

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