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Theaters: 1976-2001

March 2016 - Sept 2016


Lio Malca, is pleased to present an exhibition featuring Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photographs from the Theaters series.

Photographing golden-age cinema palaces, modern movie houses, and drive-ins, the silvery white screen in Sugimoto’s Theaters series is a result of the exposure time corresponding with the duration of the film. The exhibition will feature 30 of the movie theater photographs dating from 1976 to 2001. 

​According to Sugimoto, “I had a near-hallucinatory vision. My internal question-and-answer session leading up to this vision went something like this: Suppose you shoot a whole movie in a single frame? The answer: You get a shining screen.” The shutter exposure time was exactly as long as the duration of the movie projected, resulting in a silvery white

 Photo credit © Christopher Burke 

photographed screen. Sugimoto’s nostalgic style creates emotion in ordinary places that might otherwise be overlooked. Oscillating between abstraction and realism, his photographs often blur the line between reality and imagination. 


Hiroshi Sugimoto Bio.

Theaters: 1976-2001

Gelatin silver print

19 x 23 inches



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