4 Real & True 2!
Sizes 13 x 20 cm
Pages 352 | English edition
Publisher Schirmer/Mosel | 2015
Expo: Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, 2015
Famous and unpublished highlights from Wenders' acclaimed photo series Written in the West, Buena Vista Social Club, Once, Pictures from the Surface of the Earth, and Journey to Onomichi.
'If you travel a lot', writes Wim Wenders, 'if you like roaming about in order to lose yourself, you can end up in the strangest places. I think it must be a kind of built-in radar, which often takes me to places that are either peculiarly quiet or peculiar in a quiet sort of way'.
Wim Wenders (born in Düsseldorf in 1945) is internationally renowned primarily for his movies, such as Wings of Desire, Pina and The Salt of the Earth, a portrait of the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. But the filmmaker acknowledges: 'Photographic work is the other half of my life'.
For decades he has created a photographic oeuvre quite independent of his filmic work: photographs of lonely, at times somewhat bizarre places and landscapes, of settings that have their own story. On the occasion of the artist’s 70th birthday in 2015, Museum Kunstpalast in collaboration with Wenders Images and the Wim Wenders Foundation is presenting a selection of 79 large-scale photographs, which invariably are analogue creations, made without artificial lighting or tripod. The exhibits range from artist’s early black-and-white photographs and monumental landscape panorama pictures through to his rarely shown photographs of 'Ground Zero'; and new works that were made only last year.
Wenders regards his photographic work, in the truest sense of the word, as an interaction of light (phos) and painting (graphein), offering the scope for capturing a unique moment in time. Wenders started with black-and-white photographs, and later switched to colour photography. In doing so, his interest in photography blended with his passion for painting.
Wenders, who initially applied to study at the Academy of Art Düsseldorf without success and in 1967 finally started to study at the then newly-founded College for Television and Film in Munich, discovered the significance of colours for his work: he began to initially “see” a picture for its colours and to define the image section according to the colours.
On many of his photographic works Wenders has written texts, whose rhythms are reminiscent of poems. In these texts he captures his personal impressions, observations and thoughts. A farm house in a swaying cornfield, a rusty Ferris wheel on an empty field in Armenia, an abandoned open-air cinema in Palermo, a derelict house in the former Jewish quarter of Berlin – Wenders’ photographs rarely show people and yet bear testimony to humanity.
The exhibition is curated jointly by Beat Wismer, General Director Museum Kunstpalast, and Wim Wenders.