Hiroshi Sugimoto, digital print published by Gallery Koyanagi.
"Polar Bear", 1976. Embossed copyright stamp. Printed on Japanese museum board paper. Image 51,5 x 61,5 cm. Sheet 70 x 70 cm cm. Not framed.
This motif is included in teh colelctions of The Met Museum in New York. At their website you can read the following lines about the motif:
When Sugimoto first arrived in New York in 1974, he was fascinated by the dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History. "I made a curious discovery," he later recalled. "The stuffed animals positioned before painted backdrops looked utterly fake, yet by taking a quick peek with one eye closed, all perspective vanished, and suddenly they looked very real. I'd found a way to see the world as a camera does. However fake the subject, once photographed, it's as good as real." Using careful framing, long exposure times, and a large view camera for clarity of detail, Sugimoto heightens the illusionism of the dioramas themselves, creating exquisite effigies of a natural world on the verge disappearing.
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