Sumio Inoue was born in 1948 in Tokyo, Japan. He studied photography at the Tokyo Design Academy from 1968-1970; and then at the Japan Design Center from 1970-1974. He began his career working in commercial photography and in 1990 moved over to artistic photography.
The artist has spent the past years carefully developing a series called Silenzioso which is composed of images printed on handmade rice paper. This is a lengthy process that takes several months to realize. His work focuses on church interiors, important monuments, town and cityscapes, that are then printed with intensified focus and in infinitely monochromatic shades and shadows.
Sumio reveals something where nothing can be seen, where he uncovers and evokes unknown spaces with an antique pathos, so as to stimulate the viewer’s imagination.