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a silver screen

art, photography, movieAnna KellerComment

maybe it's because I watch most movies on my small-ish TV via Netflix, but I found this series by Hiroshi Sugimoto to be especially nostalgic, beautiful, and thought-provoking.  I love beautiful theaters and even more beautiful films, and sometimes it's interesting to remove yourself from the story and to think about the fact that you're watching a million pictures blended with the perfect soundtrack.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto - Theaters (1978-93)

Artist’s statement:

“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 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 to 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.”