Hiroshi Sugimoto, Time Exposed: #304, Atlantic Ocean, Martha's Vineyard, 1991

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Time Exposed: #304, Atlantic Ocean, Martha's Vineyard, 1991


A mesmeric meditation on time through repetition and constancy, Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Time Exposed portfolio consists of fifty Seascapes taken between 1980 - 1991.

This print is a tri-tone offset lithograph from an edition of 500, printed in 1991 by Kytoto Shoin Co., Japan on the occasion of a Sugimoto retrospective at IBM (Tokyo) and the Carnegie International (Pittsburgh).

Print is approximately 9 1/2” x 12 1/2” with frame measuring 19 3/4” x 17”. The frame is splined hard wood maple stained black, with archival UV glass and 8-ply archival mat. The back of the frame is reinforced with a stretcher to prevent warping over time.

* Please refer to top image for accuracy of print, the subsequent images are to show the framing and have unavoidable reflections.

** Please note that there is a very small crease on the image (as shown in images, though it is difficult to capture on camera). It doesn’t detract from the piece unless looking very closely however it has been reflected in the price. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like additional images.

*** If you are interested in seeing our collection of un-framed Hiroshi Sugimoto Seascapes, kindly email us and we would be happy to assist: info@form-atelier.com.


About the Seascapes Series: Sugimoto began his series of seascapes in 1980, traveling to remote oceans, seas and lakes around the world. Using his late-19th/early-20th century big box camera with black-and-white sheet film, he achieves high technical results with gradations and tonalities that make each photograph distinct and impeccably rich in detail. Perched on high cliffs, Sugimoto is able to look across the water and capture its vastness and mystery in a minimalist composition that relies solely on the water, the atmosphere, and the horizon line that precisely bisects his frame. 

“My first view of the ocean came as an awakening,” Sugimoto writes, recalling his earliest and most vivid recollection of the sea, “I spied it from a Tokaido Line train, the seascape passing from left to right. It must have been autumn, because the sky had such vast, eye-opening clarity. We were riding high on a cliff, and the sea flickered far below like frames of a motion picture, only to disappear behind the rocks. The horizon line where the azure sea met the brilliant sky was razor sharp, like a samurai sword’s blade. Captivated by this startling yet oddly familiar scene, I felt I was gazing on a primordial landscape.”

About Hiroshi Sugimoto: Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in Tokyo in 1948 and has lived and worked in New York City and Tokyo since 1974. He has had solo exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; MOCA, Los Angeles; The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, Los Angeles; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; and Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Toyko, among others. A major 30-year survey of his work opened at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo in 2005 and travelled to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas. Sugimoto has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates and awards including the Praemium Imperale Award in 2009 and 2010, the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2001, and the 15th Annual Infinity Award for Art, International Center of Photography, New York, in 1999. Sugimoto's work is held in numerous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery, London; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; MACBA, Barcelona; and Tate Gallery, London.