Image: Akron Civic, Ohio
(Tokyo, 1948 - )

Akron Civic, Ohio , 1980

Selenium toned gelatin silver print
16 5/8 in. x 21 1/4 in. (42.23 cm x 53.98 cm)
Museum Acquisition Fund
1996.12
theater proscenium after restoration
Over the past thirty years, Sugimoto has worked on only a handful of subjects including movie theaters and seascapes. In the Theaters series, Sugimoto was interested in the possibility of physically recording the passage of time in a still image.  Leaving the shutter of his large-format camera open for the duration of an entire film resulted in an otherworldly image of a glowing screen. “My dream was to capture 170,000 photographs on a single frame of film. The image I had inside my brain was of a gleaming white screen inside a dark movie theater. The light created by the excess of exposures would be the embodiment or manifestation of something awe-inspiring and divine.”
  
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