Theaters: Hiroshi Sugimoto

Curator: Karin Fong
date: March 15, 2013
Categories: Book Design
Tags: Photography
Movie Theatre, Canton Palace, Ohio, 1980

Somehow I’ve avoided the screen all week, so it’s fitting to focus on it for my final post. 

Oh, if only I could transform time as elegantly as does Hiroshi Sugimoto in this series of photographs, one of my all-time top inspirations…


Taken from his site:


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


Movie Theatre-UA Playhouse, NYC, 1978

Hollywood Cinerama, Los Angeles, 2003

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