Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in 1948 in Tokyo. He trained at Saint Paul’s University, Tokyo, and in 1974 completed his studies at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Since the 1970s, when he first began focusing on photography, Hiroshi Sugimoto has become known for a practice centred on photography and the manual process of printing, which he carries out in person. Hiroshi Sugimoto registers and represents reality through to his own distinctive perspective, and departs from the premise that the photographic filter can make even invented things look real. His works address the theme of the passage of time. His predilection for black and white, and the countless shades in between, transforms the subjects he represents – seas, theatres, museum dioramas – into visions suspended between a lyrical and metaphysical dimension.