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counter-photography

Hiroshi SUGIMOTO

The architectures seen in Hiroshi Sugimoto's work are originally masculine monuments that possessed concrete forms. The solid buildings had taken shape through the creativity of builders and architects with the aim of showing the power and wealth that maintain civilisation. However Sugimoto excludes the solid materiality of well-known buildings, and shows an aggregate of shadows which is similar to seeing a fleeing nightmare. Through the lenses of his camera, Sugimoto's nihilistic view succeeds an infusing poison into the glorious products of modernism, and in abstracting their illusory appearances and reversing their values. His architectural photography also achieves to exquisitely deny the materialistic nature possessed by objects. 
Counter-Photography: Japan's Artists Today, page 18





"Counter-Photography:Japan's Artists Today," introduces photographic works by 11 Japanese artists. The common theme that links these works is the photographers' desire to capture a world invisible to the human eye-the world of the "spirit."Such an attitude reflects the traditional Japanese approach to life-in which all objects are perceived to have a "spiritual" aspect. 
Counter-Photography: Japan's Artists Today, Foreword, Page 5

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