Wim Wenders : Instant Stories

Author(s): Wim Wenders + text by Patti Smith and Sam Shepard


Nearly 250 polaroids by film director Wim Wenders, taken over five decades between 1968 and 2017. Wim Wenders, the distinguished filmmaker and co-founder of New German Cinema, is also a world-renowned photographer. He has exhibited his large-format, panoramic photographs in Paris, Hamburg, Berlin, Bilbao, Sydney, Shanghai, Rome, São Paulo, Moscow, Copenhagen, New York and Düsseldorf. Now, for the first time, this book – published to accompany an exhibition at London’s Photographer’s Gallery – presents his polaroids. Spanning the 1970s to the present day, they feature friends, actors and personal heroes, objects, places, spaces and situations from the everyday life of a travelling filmmaker. Wenders does not order his ‘photographic notes’, as he calls them, by theme, but as stories. They are accompanied by his own texts, short stories and haikus. Wim Wenders: Instant Stories is a photographic road trip through the life of the artist, from his early travels through America’s cinematic landscapes to the German provinces and beyond The polaroids are complemented by texts of his own and from his friends, actor and singer Patti Smith and playwright Sam Shepard The polaroids show Wenders on set, self-portraits, portraits of his friends, landscapes and horizons, still lifes, cityscapes, interiors and many other subjects Includes stills from some of his most famous films, including Summer in the City, The Wrong Move, Kings of the Road, Alice in the Cities, The American Friend, Hammett, The Scarlet Letter, Tokyo-Ga and Arisha, the Bear and the Stone Ring

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780500544785
  • : Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • : Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • : October 2017
  • : 290mm X 245mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : December 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Wim Wenders + text by Patti Smith and Sam Shepard
  • : Hardcover
  • : English
  • : 770
  • : 320