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Hiroshi Sugimoto: Theaters (Pocket Accordion Book)

Publisher: New York: Yoshii Gallery,
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 111497



First edition, first and only printing. Accordion fold booklet (leporello); contained in a gray cardstock sleeve. Photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Includes captions to the plates. Design by Takaaki Matsumoto / Matsumoto Incorporated, New York. Unpaginated (each panel measures 3 x 3-3/4 inches), with 22 black-and-white plates (11 per side). Fully extended, the booklet measures 35-1/2 inches. Outer sleeve measures 3 x 3-3/4 inches.




Unfurling like a strip of motion picture film, this pocket-sized gem reproduces 22 images from Sugimoto's conceptually rich Theaters series.

From Sonnabend Sundell Editions and eyestorm (publishers of the 2000 edition of Theaters), "To create each image, Sugimoto would take a long-exposure photograph of a cinema screen for the entire duration of a movie, resulting in a blank white screen. 'Different movies give different brightnesses,' he said. 'If it's an optimistic story, I usually end up with a bright screen; if it's a sad story, it's a dark screen. Occult movie? Very dark.' The project was partly the result of wanting to make a simple form visible: 'The simplest forms have authority, like a blank white light. And how do you photograph that? You need a framework to make it visible. But this is not simply white light; it is the result of too much information.'"