Hiroshi Sugimoto Rosecrans Drive-in, Paramount 1993

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Artist
Title
Rosecrans Drive-in, Paramount
Date 1993
Medium Photograph, black and white, on paper
Dimensions Image: 424 x 543 mm
frame: 714 x 845 x 33 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1994
Reference
P77627
Not on display

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To achieve the glowing white screens that dominate these photographs of American drive-in cinemas, Sugimoto used extraordinarily long exposures lasting exactly the duration of the movie shown there. Captured in real time, the movie is reduced to a blank screen. This ‘presence through absence’ is a common theme in Sugimoto’s work. The light emanating from the screen illuminates the immediate surroundings against the night sky, in which the trajectories of passing aircraft are clearly visible.

May 2010

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