||“…a moment of surprise, a heartbeat of suspense… a ‘real and singular thing’, a little square photograph in its own frame… no negative, from which you could make duplicates, no files… ‘an original’: a true thing—not multipliable, not repeatable.” – Wim Wenders
The exhibition Wim Wenders. Instant Stories, running from July 7th to September 23rd 2018, presents a selection of approximately 240 Polaroids by the award-winning director, filmmaker, and artist Wim Wenders at C/O Berlin. Along with Wenders’ photographs, the exhibition includes excerpts from films in which Wenders used the medium of instant photography as part of the film narrative.
Photography was part of Wenders’ life from an early age. He received a Leica from his father when he was just six years old. From the late 1960s to the early 1980s, Polaroids were his preferred photographic medium—a complimentary tool for research on his films and a daily companion, preserving the objects and moments in his life from being forgotten. Wenders’ Polaroid photos are autobiographical, opening up windows into different stages of his life. They were a visual notebook, a field of experimentation, and a photographic road movie. For more than half of his life, Wenders captured people, things, and landscapes in Polaroid photos. The resulting collection of pictures includes thousands of unique, personal shots of his film sets and travels through Europe, the United States, and many other places around the globe. They show Wenders in his personal surroundings and portraits of celebrities and friends including Annie Leibovitz, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Dennis Hopper, and Peter Handke.