February 06, 2007

Hiroshi Sugimoto: "One evening while taking photographs at the American Museum of Natural History, 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." Immediately I began experimenting in order to realize this vision. One afternoon 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. When the movie finished two hours later, I clicked the shutter closed. That evening I developed the film, and my vision exploded before my eyes."

Direct link to the galleries. Plus there is an interview with Sugimoto here.

  • Beautiful. I especially enjoyed the seascapes.
  • Those are fantastic. I love the drive-in theaters.
  • This is a fantastic post. I've seen some of Sugimoto's art previously, but did not know that much about the artist. Thanks.
  • All glory to the hypnotoad movie theatre!