Hiroshi Sugimoto: Theatres

Since the late 1970s, the Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto has used large-form cameras to take photographs that encompass an entire film

Throughout his career, the Japanese photographic artist Hiroshi Sugimoto has fixated on a set of concerns.

One of these is the movie theatre. In the late 70s, early in his practice, Sugimoto wondered what it would be like to take a single photograph of an entire film. Testing it out using a large-form camera and only the lighting of the movie, he discovered the answer - an eerie, glowing white screen.

The resultant series Theatres continues through to this day, taking in historical European cinemas, pre-Depression American movie palaces and drive-in theatres. In each case, Sugimoto's greyscale shot exposes the grandeur and potency of the cinema, as well as the deterioration that has, in many cases, occurred over time. The white screen fulminates at the centre of each image.

Sugimoto's work in the cinema has now been collected in Theatres. Published by Damiani, it features 130 photographs and an essay 'My Inner Theatre,' by Sugimoto himself.