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An early theater photograph from 1978 by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Image 16.5 x 21 inches (41.9 x 53.3 cm). Framed under Denglass in a black frame; dimensions measuring 26 x 33 inches (66 x 83.8 cm).

Since the 1970's, Sugimoto has worked on his photo-series entitled "Theaters," in which he photographs auditoriums of movie theaters, and drive-in movies, during showings. The exposure time used for the photograph corresponds with the projection time of the film. This allows him to save the duration of the entire film in a single shot. What remains visible of the film’s time-compressed, individual images is the bright screen of the movie theater, which illuminates the architecture of the space. That its content retreats into the background makes the actual film a piece of information, manifesting itself in the (movie theater) space. As a result, instead of as a content-related event, film presents itself here as the relationship between time and spatial perception.

”One night I had an idea while I was at the movies: to photograph the film itself. I tried to imagine photographing an entire feature film with my camera. I could already picture the projection screen making itself visible as a white rectangle. In my imagination, this would appear as a glowing, white rectangle; it would come forward from the projection surface and illuminate the entire theater. This idea struck me as being very interesting, mysterious, and even religious.” -Hiroshi Sugimoto

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Publication: Dr. Hans Belting, “Theatres”, Sonnabend Sundell Editions, NY, pg. 48, illustrated
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  • Sonnabend Gallery, New York.
  • Ships From: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 26 x 33 in. (66.04 x 83.82 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Glass
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