Lake Superior, Cascade River

A work made of gelatin silver print, edition 11 of 25.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print, edition 11 of 25.

Date:

1995

Artist:

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

Artist

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Title

Lake Superior, Cascade River

Origin

Japan

Date

1995

Medium

Gelatin silver print, edition 11 of 25

Inscriptions

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

Dimensions

42.1 x 64.6 cm (image); 47.2 x 60.5 cm (paper); 50.3 x 63.6 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Comer Foundation Fund

Reference Number

1996.405

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