The Easel

7th November 2023

The Story Behind Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Most Beguiling Photographs

Sugimoto found that the camera is loose with the truth. Careful lighting and long exposures allowed him to make stuffed animals appear alive. Similar effects could also be achieved, he found, with waxwork figures. Long exposures of seascapes create weirdly flat – almost abstract – images that somehow speak of a post-human world. Says the curator “no-one has ever made photographs like these. His work isn’t about documenting the world.”  Images are here.