Hiroshi Sugimoto – Drive-In Theaters & Portraits

Hiroshi Sugimoto is currently showing two bodies of work at Hemphill Fine Arts.

Hiroshi Sugimoto - Winnetka Drive-In

The photographs from the “Drive-In Theater” series are long exposure shots of entire films caught on one still frame. Sugimoto closes down the iris of his large format camera and opens the shutter at the beginning of a film and releases it when the credits roll. The result in the still black and white photographs is a screen that glows white from light provided by the length of the motion picture. These images also operate as unique historic preservations of the nearly extinct outdoor cinema.

Hiroshi Sugimoto - Rosecrans Drive-In

Originally I prepared to limit my post to the “Drive-In Theaters” series until I realized that Sugimoto’s portraits of the famous were taken in wax museums. The combination of these portfolios make for an interesting exhibit of the stars and where they are seen.

Hiroshi Sugimoto - Elizabeth Taylor

Hiroshi Sugimoto
Drive-In Theaters & Portraits
8 November – 20 December 2008
Hemphill Fine Arts
Washington, DC



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Scott Lickstein is a visual artist and was the founder / primary writer for the art news source, LookIntoMyOwl.com until January 2013 when it merged with NOWhere Limited’s Magazine.




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