The pictures of the Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto appear quiet and melancholic, but at the same time severe. The details of the visible world are exclusively in black-and-white. They analyze the traces of time and memory which are hidden behind the momentary impression. The motives seem simple at first sight but gradually unfold a very profound, subtle effect. The principle of repetition of motives and compositions as well as the very long terms o exposure belong to the artistic method of Hiroshi Sugimoto.