The Long Exposure

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A sneak peak of Japanese photog legend Hiroshi Sugimoto’s new work. Sixty years old, laconic and soft-spoken, Sugimoto has long been a kind of philosopher-scientist, concerned with experiments in light and time. In many ways, his images take us back to the beginning of photography, when long exposures were a technical necessity.

In Daguerre’s photograph of the Boulevard du Temple, taken 170 years ago, the streets and sidewalks are empty of traffic; only a man with his foot on a crate stands still enough — because he is having his boots polished — to become the first person ever caught on camera.

If Sugimoto has always explored photography’s philosophical possibilities — capturing time in light — he’s now gone back to its literal origins.

 

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~ by eaesthete on 04/09/09.

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