“What the early photographer gained from the study of nature, now people tend to rely on the computer or machines for. That's not good enough,”
, speaking to the traditional photographic methods upon which he built his craft. Immersed in the work of masters like Walker Evans and
, Sugimoto developed a style of printing—one he has perfected for upwards of 30 years—that honors the sensitivities of his predecessors. “This system—it’s very hard to control, but it still makes the best picture. I am sticking to the traditional method.”
It seems Sugimoto is not alone. View his works alongside complementing
landscapes, each photographer working in Sugimoto’s tradition and ultimately, channeling a long history of intimate, meticulously crafted captures of nature and light.