This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to discover the personal and previously unseen Polaroid work of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Wim Wenders and provides a singular insight into the artist’s thought processes, preoccupations and aesthetic inspirations.
Instant Stories presents over 200 of Wenders’ Polaroids encompassing portraits of cast and crew, friends and family, behind-the scenes, still-lives, street-photography and landscapes. Alongside diary-like impressions and homages to his artistic inspirations, including Fassbinder and Warhol, the small format images take us on a literal and metaphoric journey through Europe and the US. From his first trip to New York, his fascination with American TV, views from rooftops (he’d never been so high up before), shop-fronts, roads, cars and many other visual recordings, Wenders’ Polaroids reflect a distinctive and lyrical vision – at once both intimate and portentous.
Wim Wenders will be signing copies of Instant Stories at The Photographers’ Gallery Bookshop on Sunday 22 October. For more information and to register interest in attending, visit The Photograper’s Gallery website.