about the exhibition

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Cinerama Dome, Hollywood


Known for luminous black-and-white photographs, Hiroshi Sugimoto utilizes traditional photographic techniques while maintaining innovative conceptual strategies that reflect on time, space, and memory. In 1975, he began Theaters, a series depicting American movie theater interiors and drive-ins, which he worked on for the following 26 years. For Cinerama Dome, Hollywood, Sugimoto opened his camera shutter for the duration of the screening of a feature-length movie, allowing all of the light from the projected film to accumulate. In the resulting photograph, the movie screen glows white and the interior features—the seats, the domed ceiling, the curtains pulled back from the screen—pop in sharp relief. Sugimoto thus transformed the entire darkened theater into a photographic device where elapsed time was suspended and collapsed into one image, invoking a fluid sense of the history of that space.

Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948, Tokyo; lives and works in New York)
Cinerama Dome, Hollywood, 1993
Black-and-white photograph
20 x 24 in.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Gift of the artist and the Angles Gallery

Photography is a system of saving memories. It’s a time machine in a way to preserve the memory, to preserve time. —Hiroshi Sugimoto

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