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Lake Superior, Cascade River

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.




Hiroshi Sugimoto
Japanese, born 1948

About this artwork

Hiroshi Sugimoto is widely celebrated for photographs that explore time, space, and perception. Sugimoto began photographing bodies of water with a large-format camera in 1980, resulting in the Seascapes series, which continues to this day. Although his fascination with the subject has spanned decades, his aim remains to “capture the sea as if it were being seen for the first time.” For each body of water he visits, he makes multiple images reflecting varying times of day, shutter speeds, lengths of exposure, and atmospheric conditions. The spareness of this nocturnal image—with a barely visible horizon line bisecting sea and sky—suggests something at once elemental and eternal. Air and water are vital to life, and the world’s lakes, rivers, and oceans have been essential to the development of trade and other far-reaching human activities. Yet the body of water in this photograph seems untouched by civilization or the vicissitudes of individual lives.


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Photography and Media


Hiroshi Sugimoto


Lake Superior, Cascade River


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1995


Gelatin silver print


11 of 25


Blindstamped recto, lower center, below image: "LAKE SUPERIOR CASCADE RIVER 1995"; blindstamped recto, lower right, below image: "11/25 429"; signed recto, on mount, lower right, below image, in graphite: "Hiroshi Sugimoto"; inscribed recto, on mount, lower right, below image, in graphite: "HS.0528.4"; unmarked verso


Image: 42.1 × 64.6 cm (16 5/8 × 25 7/16 in.); Paper: 47.2 × 60.5 cm (18 5/8 × 23 7/8 in.); Mount: 50.3 × 63.6 cm (19 13/16 × 25 1/16 in.)

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Comer Foundation Fund

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