Tokihiro Sato is a contemporary photographer from Japan. Tokihiro Sato was born in Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan in the year 1957. Sato is renown for his depictions of light and space in his work.
The artist often works with a large cameria and uses a long exposure, one to three hours. During this time he moves across the chosen scene with mirrors or flashlights to create or capture light from different parts of the picture plane. Because he uses a long exposure the artist’s uses his image is not captured on camera.
In this clip a montage of works by Sato:
Sato attended the Tokyo National Unversity of Fine Arts and Music where he earned a B.F.A. and M.F.A. The artist’s focus of study was sculpture.
Sato is currently a professor at the Tokyo University of the Arts.
Below we view the artist at work using mirrors:
His work can be found in many prestigious collections including the Museum of Modern Arts in New York City, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.
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Tokihiro Sato’s style of photography includes the concept of a location’s appearance over time. In this aspect it reminds of the early films of Andy Warhol. Warhol’s film about the Empire State Building didn’t include a party or well known celebrity personalities. The film is just what the exterior of the building looks like over time.
The artist has also a creative way to include his presence in his work without being seen in the final image due to his use long exposures.