If you don't know the work of Hiroshi Sugimoto, you're missing out. Sadly I've yet to see his work for myself, only accessing it online and in reproduction - and you never really get the full impact of truly great photography until you're up close and personal. Fans of U2 can enjoy his work on the cover of the upcoming No Line on the Horizon album.
I wanted to share it with you because Hiroshi Sugimoto has an incredible eye. Some of us make art based on what we see, and some on the images inside our heads, and sometimes life and art intersect and you can't tell the difference. Sometimes our medium often makes the translation onto paper inadequate - we see, we imagine, but can't quite express. With a great artist, whatever the medium, you get a sense that what you are seeing is their truth - not a faltering imitation. Sugimoto-san has a pure vision, and such mastery of his medium that it becomes invisible. I could ramble for an hour about composition and tone and light but ultimately it would be a lot of hot air. Go and check out his website, and if you are fortunate enough to live near a major gallery, do go look for his work. You can see a major exhibition of his photography at the Gagosian in New York until March 7.
Photo: Hiroshi Sugimoto at his retrospective in Berlin, 2008.