Sugimoto rounds out the trio. The Japanese photographer shoots performance spaces, such as cinemas and theaters, as well as Buddhist imagery, natural landscapes, and museum dioramas. Pace/MacGill features his photographs of classic drive-in movie theaters. In Hi Way 39 Drive-In, Orange (1993) and Vermont Drive-In, South Bay (1993), the light tones are so bright, and the dark ones so shadowy, that the movie screens display brilliant bursts of white light, rather than discernable imagery from the film’s narrative.
Like the photographs by Callahan and Dawid, Sugimoto’s works are experiments in tonality, contrast, and the use of positive and negative space. Together, these photographs aren’t just black and white, they’re an investigation of the form itself—each piece an exploration of what might be achieved, artistically, in the absence of color.