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Dec
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Hiroshi Sugimoto : ‘Drive Ins’ (Photography)

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‘Drive-In’
Photograph
Hiroshi Sugimoto
1993
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‘Drive-In’
Photograph
Hiroshi Sugimoto
1993
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‘Drive-In’
Photograph
Hiroshi Sugimoto
1993
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‘Drive-In’
Photograph
Hiroshi Sugimoto
1993
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‘Drive-In’
Photograph
Hiroshi Sugimoto
1993
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‘Drive-In’
Photograph
Hiroshi Sugimoto
1993
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The New York-based Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto produces photographs in series. He meticulously selects and then researches subjects, returning to the same few time and time again, taking pictures and then producing technically immaculate black and white prints of absorbing clarity and density. Since the late 1970s, Sugimoto has worked on several series that have together encompassed seascapes, dioramas, movie theatres and drive-ins.

Whereas much of photography as a discipline has been concerned with capturing a moment, Sugimoto uses a very large-format camera and long exposures to create works that attempt to arrest whole slices of time. The results vary according to the subject. When Sugimoto sets up his tripod to record cinema screens and their surroundings, for example, he uses a single exposure that lasts the duration of a film. As time elapses, the frames of the projected film ‘melt’ together, throwing off light that registers only as a luminous glow, while in the final image, the screen’s more static surroundings are captured in minute clarity, and reverberate with nostalgia… [Extract : White Cube Gallery – Exhibition]

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Hiroshi Sugimoto : Website

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