Hiroshi Sugimoto

El Capitan, Hollywood

1993

Not on display
Artist
Hiroshi Sugimoto born 1948
Medium
Photograph, black and white, on paper
Dimensions
Image: 423 x 542 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Jay Jopling and Sonnabend Gallery 1994
Reference
P11375

Display caption

In the interwar period elaborate and stylish movie theatres which simulate architectural styles of the past were built all over America. Sugimoto has taken photographs in several hundred of these, focusing on the screen and ornate proscenium. He exposes his film to the duration of the movie, so that what is seen on the screen in the resulting image is the imprint of the projection. Most frequently Sugimoto records the duration of Westerns as the predominance of outdoor scenes combine to produce the intensity of light captured in this image.

Gallery label, August 2004

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