Hiroshi Sugimoto: Theatres

I have been trying to remember this photographer since I decided on my idea for the Digital Play series. I finally remembered it.

Hiroshi Sugimoto took this series of photos named ‘Theatre’ in the years 1978 & 1993. The supporting text from his sight tells us all we need to know about the series.Theaters

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

This series by Hiroshi Sugimoto is one of my favourite of all time. As someone who inherits similar techniques to him, I admire him. I also love the story behind it, he wondered what that would look like and tried it. In a way thats what my Digital Play series is about, each image will never come out the same, and you just have to try to see what happens. great work by a great Photographer.

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