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Sugimoto, Hiroshi (Artist/Photographer) & Matsumoto, Takaaki (Book Designer). HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: THEATERS. Bologna, Italy: Damiani Editore, 2016. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 175 pages. As New/As New.

New And Expanded Edition of the artist/photographer's classic. Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. One of Hiroshi Sugimoto's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in this New And Expanded Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. An austerely elegant production by Hiroshi Sugimoto and Takaaki Matsumoto: Oversize-volume format. Pale gray cloth boards with gray titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs and brief Introductory Essay, "My Inner Theater", by Hiroshi Sugimoto. He has added 21 strikingly beautiful, new images, which appear in published form for the very first time, in addition to the 109 plates that originally appeared in the 2000 Edition. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated Phoenix Motion Xantur 170 gsm stock paper by Damiani in Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the spine, as issued. Re-presents, in a New And Expanded Edition, Hiroshi Sugimoto's "Theaters". The greatest photographic homage to the classic movie theater: Luminous images of vintage movie theaters and drive-ins. "In the late 1970's, as Hiroshi Sugimoto was defining his artistic voice, he posed a question to himself: 'Suppose you shoot a whole movie in a single frame'. The answer that came to him: 'You get a shining screen'. For almost four decades, Sugimoto has been photographing the interiors of theaters, using a large-format camera and no lighting other than the projection of the running movie. He opens the aperture when a film begins and closes it when it ends. In the resulting images, the screen becomes a luminous white box and the ambient light subtly brings forward the rich architectural details of these spaces. Sugimoto began by photographing the classic movie palaces built in the 1920's and 1930's, their ornate architectural elements a testament to the cultural importance of the burgeoning movie industry. He continued the series with drive-in theaters. In the last decade, Sugimoto has photographed historic theaters in Europe as well as dis-used theaters that show the ravages of time. Taken together, these photographs present an extended meditation on the passage of time, a recurring theme of his art" (Publisher's blurb). Hiroshi Sugimoto has consistently re-defined what it means to be a multi-disciplinary artist for our time, blurring the lines between photography, painting, installation, and architecture. Preserving and picturing memory and time is THE central theme of his photography. Its connection to cinema is acute and apt. His work is in the Permanent Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo; The National Gallery London; The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo; Smithsonian Institute of Art Washington, DC; and Tate London, among others. An absolute "must-have" title for Hiroshi Sugimoto collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in metallic-silver pen-marker on the front free endpaper by Hiroshi Sugimoto. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The signature glows beautifully against the light. This title is a great art photography book. This is one of very few such signed copies of the New and Expanded Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies of the 2000 First Edition available online command between $650 and $1000. Copies of the Deluxe Edition command thousands of dollars. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 130 toned plates. One of the greatest artist/photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HIROSHI SUGIMOTO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 8862084773. $150.00

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