Upon first arriving in New York in 1974, I did the tourist thing. Eventually I visited the

Natural History Museum, where I made a curious discovery: the stuffed animals

positioned before painted backdrops looked utterly fake, yet by taking a quick peek with

one eye closed, all perspective vanished, and suddenly they looked very real. I'd found a

way to see the world as a camera does. However fake the subject, once photographed,

it's as good as real.



- Hiroshi Sugimoto