Living between Tokyo and New York City, Sugimoto is a Japanese photographer who uses a black-and-white 8x10 large-format camera with an extremely long exposure. He has used this same camera throughout his career, creating timeless aesthetic works of art.
Born in 1948 in Tokyo, Sugimoto made his first photographic series in 1974, showing nature dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. A second series, made in 1976, documents American theatres in the late 1920s and 1930s. In 1994, he photographed a series of wax figures, taken at the Movieland Wax Museum in Los Angeles and at Madame Tussaud's in London. Since 1978, Sugimoto has been working on his Seascape series, planned photographs of the sea and sky in which each picture is divided in half by the horizon.
His recent work includes the Architecture series (2000-2003) consisting of photographs of well-known examples of Modernist architecture.