Publisher: Bologna, Italy: Damiani and Matsumoto Editions, 2014
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 112049
$125.00 save 40% $75.00
First edition, first printing. Boldly signed (in English) with silver marker on the front free endpaper (opposite the title page) by Sugimoto. Hardcover. Fine cloth-covered boards, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs and text by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Creative direction and design by Takaaki Matsumoto, Matsumoto Incorporated, New York. Editorial coordination, copy editing and production management by Amy Wilkins, Matsumoto Incorporated, New York. Color separations, printing and binding by Grafiche Damiani, Italy. Printed on Phoenix Motion Xantur 170 gsm paper. 118 pp., with 56 duotone plates. 11-1/4 x 10-1/4 inches.
New in publisher's shrink-wrap (slit open for signature). Dust jacket enclosed in a clear archival Brodart removable protective cover (publisher's shrink-wrap saved and included).
From the publisher: "Damiani is pleased to announce the publication of a series of books on Sugimoto's work, in collaboration with Matsumoto Editions.
The first title is Hiroshi Sugimoto: Dioramas.
Hiroshi Sugimoto began to photograph his Dioramas series, a body of work that spans almost four decades, when he moved to New York City from Japan in 1974. While looking at the galleries in the American Museum of Natural History, he noticed that if he looked at the dioramas with one eye closed, the artificial scenes--prehistoric humans, dinosaurs, and taxidermied wild animals set in elaborately painted backgrounds--looked utterly convincing. This visual trick launched his conceptual exploration of the photographic medium, which continues today.
Through his career, Sugimoto has addressed the photograph's power to create a history. He has said, 'photography functions as a fossilization of time.' In the Dioramas series, Sugimoto persuades the viewer that the photographer has captured a lived moment in time, although each scene is an elaborately crafted fiction. Hiroshi Sugimoto: Dioramas narrates a story of the cycle of life, death and rebirth, from prehistoric aquatic life to the propagation of reptile and animal life to homo sapiens' destruction of the planet--and then to a renewal of the earth, where flora and fauna flourish without man. Here Sugimoto writes his own history of the world, an artist's creation myth."