Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1948. In 1970, Sugimoto studied politics and sociology at Saint Paul's University in Tokyo. In 1974, he received his BFA at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and then moved to New York. Visually capturing memory and time is a central theme of Sugimoto's work. Some of his subjects include seascapes, theaters, dioramas, portraits, architecture, colors of shadow, conceptual forms and lightning fields among others.
His work is held in numerous public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, The National Gallery, London, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Smithsonian Institue of Art, Washington, D.C., and Tate, London. Sugimoto currently lives and works in New York and Tokyo.