There is a bottomless kind of beauty in the work of Hiroshi Sugimoto, whose famous black and white Seascapes and Theatres form but a portion of his prolific and varied output. The 64 year old Japanese photographer began 2012 with an exhibition of delicately colored “photogenic drawings” at San Francisco's Fraenkel Gallery, a series inspired by the experimental work of William Henry Fox Talbot. Before returning to the US for a show of 24 new works from his pagoda series at The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas in the fall, Sugimoto has two exhibitions to open in Tokyo – Five Elements at Gallery Koyanagi and From Naked To Clothed at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition to these four shows, there is another reason to celebrate this icon of contemporary photographer this year: the documentary Memories of Origin – Hiroshi Sugimoto the Contemporary Artist is getting set to hit theatres this year. I'm honestly not sure when it comes to the US, but I do know that it will open at Theatre Image Forum in Shibuya on March 31.
Image: Hiroshi Sugimoto, Winnetika Drive-In, Paramount, 1993, gelatin silver print, edition of 25, 20 x 24 in (50 x 60 cm). Courtesy the artist and Christie's. (c) Hiroshi Sugimoto