Hiroshi Sugimoto

(Tokyo, Japan, 1948 - )

Bay of Sagami, Atami


Selenium toned gelatin silver print

16 5/8 x 21 1/4 in. (42.2 x 54.1 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Knight Purchase Fund for Photographic Media


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In making his Seascape series, Sugimoto pondered, “What would be the most unchanged scene on the surface of the earth? Can someone today view a scene just as primitive man might have? Although the land is forever changing its form, the sea, I thought, is immutable. Thus began my travels back through time to the ancient seas of the world.” “My first view of the ocean came as an awakening…. I spied it from a Tokaido Line Train, the seascape passing from left to right…. The horizon line where the azure sea met the brilliant sky was razor sharp, like a samurai sword’s blade. Captivated by this startling yet oddly familiar scene, I felt I was gazing on a primordial landscape. The experience left an indelible mark on me…. Every time I view the sea, I feel a calming sense of security, as if visiting my ancestral home.”


signed in pencil LR on mount; title, date and edition info embossed below image

Contemporary Art
Black and White
Gelatin Silver
Reflected light