Hiroshi Sugimoto is a contemporary artist. Born in Tokyo, he moved to the United States in 1970 to study photography. A multidisciplinary artist working in photography, sculpture, installation, and architecture, he deals with history and temporal existence by investigating a variety of subject matter surrounding time, empiricism, and metaphysics. His art bridges eastern and western ideologies while examining the nature of time, perception, and the origins of consciousness. His work is in the collections of Tate, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, among others. His achievement is celebrated by many internationally renowned awards, including the Praemium Imperiale in Painting, 2009, from the Japan Arts Association; the Photo España award, 2006; and the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, 2001. His solo exhibition, “Portraits,” initially conceived for the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, traveled to the Guggenheim Bilbao in 2000 and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 2001. In 2006, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, co-organized his mid-career retrospective. Kuukankan, a collection of photographs and essays on architecture by Sugimoto, was published by Magazine House Ltd., Tokyo, in 2011.