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Just two minutes into an interview with artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, it became clear why the famously discreet 61-year-old had agreed to talk about rock band U2’s use of one of his photographs on the cover of their latest album, “No Line on the Horizon.”

“The first thing I want you to let people know,” he said, seated in an office at Ginza’s Gallery Koyanagi, “is there is no commercial aspect to my relation with U2. No cash is involved.”

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