Japanese, active in United States, born 1948
Over the course of several decades, Hiroshi Sugimoto photographed a series of seascapes with a large-format camera from a similar vantage point—from above the sea toward the horizon line, equally dividing the image into water and sky. To Sugimoto, the point where water and sky meet is important, signifying the unity between physical and spiritual realms. The creation of images like Red Sea, Safaga, Sugimoto states, aids in his ongoing search for what is “invisible to our everyday consciousness.” Through the lens of his camera, he bears witness to what he considers to be “the creation of the universe” by observing the natural elements of water, air, and light.
Label from Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape, November 17, 2013–October 5, 2014