Publisher: Bologna, Italy: Damiani and Matsumoto Editions, 2016
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 112469
Price is net to all; promotional discounts do not apply.
First edition, first printing. Signed in silver marker on the front free end paper by Sugimoto. Hardcover. Fine cloth-covered boards, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs and text (in English) by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Creative direction and design by Takaaki Matsumoto, Matsumoto Incorporated, New York. Editorial coordination, copy editing and production management by Amy Wilkins, Matsumoto Incorporated, New York. Color separations, printing and binding by Grafiche Damiani, Italy. Printed on Phoenix Motion Xantur 170 gsm paper. 176 pp., with 130 duotone plates. 11-1/4 x 10-1/4 inches.
Out of print. Signed copies are scarce.
New in publisher's shrink-wrap (shrink-wrapped after signing).
From the publisher: "In the late 1970s, as Hiroshi Sugimoto was defining his artistic voice, he posed a question to himself: 'Suppose you shoot a whole movie in a single frame?' The answer that came to him: 'You get a shining screen.' For almost four decades, Sugimoto has been photographing the interiors of theaters using a large-format camera and no lighting other than the projection of the running movie. He opens the aperture when a film begins and closes it when it ends. In the resulting images, the screen becomes a luminous white box, its ambient light subtly bringing forward the rich architectural details of these spaces.
He began the series by photographing the classic movie palaces built in the 1920s and 30s, their ornate architectural elements a testament to the cultural importance of the burgeoning movie industry. He continued with drive-in theaters. In the last decade, Sugimoto has photographed historic theaters in Europe as well as disused theaters that expose the ravages of time. Taken together, these photographs present an extended meditation on the passage of time, a recurring theme in his artwork.
'Theaters', the third in a series of books on Sugimoto's art, presents 130 photographs, 21 of which have never before been published."