Known for the theatricality of his beautiful black-and-white photographs, Hiroshi Sugimoto is above all a photographer-philosopher. For this meticulous artist, the camera is merely a tool to explore the invisible, the border between fiction and reality. This series is a sort of “re-reading” of William Fox Talbot, inventor of the photographic negative, known in the 19th century as a “photogenic drawing.” Inspired by the innovative “negative-positive” process, Sugimoto re-examines in his new images the magic of these first “drawings with light,” using original negatives which he acquired as an avid art collector.
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