Classic movie palaces, drive-ins, Italian opera houses and abandoned theaters line the pages of “Snow White,” a new book from famed Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, whose work can be seen at various art museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Tate in London. The collector’s edition text published by Damiani features 65 black-and-white photographs from Sugimoto’s ongoing “Theaters” series.
To capture the images, Sugimoto uses light from movies being screened to acquire shots that highlight the theaters’ architectural details and mystique. Included for the first time in the book are the names of the movies that were screened as each image was taken as well as the film’s running time and a short text written by Sugimoto.
Sugimoto started the “Theaters” series 40 years ago, opening his shutter inside the dark theater or drive-ins at night for the entire duration of the movie. The Disney movie Snow White was running when Sugimoto photographed “Palace Theater, Gary (2015),” one of the abandoned theaters that is reproduced in the book.
In this book, Hiroshi Sugimoto reveals for the first time the movies that were screened when he took these photographs and the exposure time of each. Sugimoto has written a short text about each film. Kerry Brougher, director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, contributes an essay.
For this limited edition, Sugimoto has printed ‘Teatro dei Varii’, Colle di Val d’Elsa, 2014, in an edition of twenty-five gelatin silver prints. Every print is signed by the artist. The book and print are housed in an aluminum box.
Images in each of the 370 signed and numbered books are hand-tipped onto the pages. The text is bound in silk cloth and housed in a custom-made slipcase for a singular book of art.