November 5, 2009

hiroshi sugimoto: theatres

akron civic, ohio 1980

u.s. walker, new york 1978

canton palace, ohio 1980

ohio theater, ohio 1980

trylon, new york 1976

I'm a habitual self-interlocutor. Around the time I started photographing at the Natural History Museum, one evening I had a near-hallucinatory vision. The question-and-answer session that led up to this vision went something like this: Suppose you shoot a whole movie in a single frame? And the answer: You get a shining screen. Immediately I sprang into action, experimenting toward realizing this vision. Dressed up as a tourist, I walked into a cheap cinema in the East Village with a large-format camera. As soon as the movie started, I fixed the shutter at a wide-open aperture, and two hours later when the movie finished, I clicked the shutter closed. That evening, I developed the film, and the vision exploded behind my eyes.
hiroshi sugimoto

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via hirshhorn museum and sculpture garden from the collection