Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense
February 4–June 8, 2014
At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center
Since the mid-1970s, Hiroshi Sugimoto (born 1948) has used photography to investigate how history filters down to the present. This exhibition brings together three series by the artist—habitat dioramas, wax portraits, and early photographic negatives—that present objects of historical and cultural significance from various museum collections. By photographing subjects that reimagine or record moments from history, Sugimoto illuminates the medium's inextricable relationship to the past.