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the early experimental days of photography. The process was especially influential in shaping the careers of the Scottish painter photographer team Robert Adamson and David Octavius Hill, who went on to become one of the most famous collaborations in photographic history. Sugimoto is delighted to be showing the images in Edinburgh. "History wise, Edinburgh is a very important city for photography," he says referring to Adamson and Hill, and the influential 19th century Edinburgh Photographic Club, one of the first such clubs to be established in the UK. An admirer of Fox Talbot's work for many years, Sugimoto made a pilgrimage to his former home, Lacock Abbey, in Wiltshire, now a National Trust property. Inspired, he set about trying to acquire as many of the photographer'.
Nearby, two young female assistants are standing on a table, carefully packing one of the huge pieces up. The series was inspired by the techniques of the 19th century photographer Henry Fox Talbot, who invented "photogenic drawings" by using light sensitive paper to produce a negative in Nike Air Force 1 Wheat
several of the pieces from the Photogenic Drawings series which decorate the walls of the studio. They include a number of details of ferns and leaves, blown up to many times their original size, in a rich palette of blue, brown and gold.
tudio. Fossils, meteorites, mosses, European antiques, a collection of tools and architectural models. Like a master craftsman tinkering away in his workshop, he is forever trying out an innovative technique or learning a new skill. And his passion for what he does knocks two decades off the 63 year old's appearance. Dressed in jeans and a blue polo shirt, with short silver hair, the twinkly Sugimoto is far from planning his retirement. On an early weekday morning, he is bubbling over with creative energy as he talks about his new career, as an architect. "I'm very good and I'm still cheap," he says, referring to the Tokyo architecture practice he opened last year. "I'm a young architect," he adds with the first of many infectious giggles of the sort you might expect from a schoolgirl rather than one of the most respected and commercially successful artists in the world. Warming to his theme, he continues, "I should start marketing myself as a package if you commission a building, you get some good Sugimoto pictures thrown in.
And if you buy a lot of art, I'll throw in a building. " More mischievous laughter. Sugimoto's sprawling whitewashed Chelsea studio is abuzz with activity. Trendy assistants in skinny jeans and White Air Force 1 Low geeky specs scurry about, getting his photographs ready to be shipped to Edinburgh for a major new exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Consisting entirely of works which are being shown in Europe for the first time, the exhibition will feature 26 large scale works from two of Sugimoto's most recent series, Lightning Fields and Photogenic Drawings. In Air Force Running Shoes
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