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REVIEWS 

LOS ANGELES

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Past Tense

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO, Polar Bear, 1976. Gelatin silver print, 42.1 x 54.6 cm. Copyright the artist. Courtesy The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. 


Hiroshi Sugimoto began his ongoing photographic series "Dioramas" in the mid-1970s, and its images, which capture lifelike habitat displays in museums, continue to fascinate in their liminal existence between nature photography and still life, reality and pretense. Born in Tokyo in 1948, Sugimoto moved to New York in 1974 and started the series after his first visit to the American Museum of…

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