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Hiroshi Sugimoto

U.A. Walker Theater, New York, 1978

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Lot 7
11.1 x 14.5 in (28.3 x 36.8 cm)
Edition of 1000
Signed on recto
Printed 2000


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Sugimoto’s 'U.A. Walker Theater, New York, 1978' is from the artist’s series in which captured theaters, devoid of human presence and in his signature black and white. According to Sugimoto, when he was photographing at the National History Museum, he had a vision and was inspired to answer the question of what happens if you shoot a movie in a single frame. The answer to this question was that you would get a shining screen. As Sugimoto describes, “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.”

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About Hiroshi Sugimoto

Photographer and architect Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese, b. 1948) explores the ideas of reality, history, and time throughout his work. Using an early twentieth-century box camera, his photographs capture seascapes, theaters, lightening fields, and architecture in black and white technical compositions verging on the abstract. He was awarded the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2001, made an Officer of the Order des Arts et des Lettres in 2013, presented the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal in 2017, and named a Person of Cultural Merit in Japan that same year. With past shows at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Guggenheim, and Pace Gallery, Sugimoto’s work is held in numerous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, and the Tate.