Photo-Respiration Yura #340, 1998 The word photography, which dates back to the 1830s, literally means "writing with light." In this photograph Sato has embraced both the literal and popular meanings of the word. Using a large-format camera fitted with a neutral-density filter, Sato is able to walk around his subjects and create a long exposure image that explores ideas of time, space, and transience.
About the artist
Sato, Tokihiro was born in Yamagata in 1957. He studied sculpture at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Sato made his initial photos by tracing his sculptures with a penlight, creating "light sculptures." Sato's use of light, coupled with his own movement animates his chosen subjects of landscapes, urban scenes, and interiors. In 1989 he won the silver prize at the Japan Professional Photographers Society exhibition. His exhibitions have been held at the Liquid Crystal Futures in Edinburgh (1994); the Havana Biennale (1997); the Art Institute of Chicago; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Muse�Le des Beaux-Arts d'Agen; the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane; and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. His works are held in the permanent collections of the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo and the Art Institute of Chicago. He currently teaches at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
“What a strange thing! to be alive beneath cherry blossoms.” - Kobayashi Issa