Tokihiro Sato

#384, Kokuritsu-Soko 2, 1999

Tokihiro Sato (Japanese, born 1957), #384, Kokuritsu-Soko 2, 1999, gelatin silver print on black-and-white transparency over light panel, 39 x 48 in. Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School, 2000.15.

Working with an 8 x 10-inch camera on a tripod, Sato makes exposures that last from one to three hours. He then “draws” with light while the film is exposed, flashing a mirror at the sun (if working during the day), or using a flashlight (if done at night or indoors). The resulting photograph records his presence in the landscape without showing his image.