© Wim Wenders, 1988, Beetle Cemetery in Coober Pedy

This photograph is part of the exhibition "Wim Wenders - Places, strange and quiet" at the Galerie Ostlicht, Vienna / Austria.

Exhibition dates:
Oct 6, 2012 - Nov 17, 2012

This exhibition brings together a selection of works from the past forty years. Travelling through Eastern Germany, Australia, Armenia and Japan, Wenders’ fascinated gaze enables him to draw out the essence of any moment, place or space.

Wim Wenders’ photographs could be described as a survey of the inconspicuous. They mostly capture places void of people: abandoned, forgotten or unknown landscapes. They exude a subtle melancholy, exemplify a poetry of the forgotten and present things on the verge of disappearance.

“When you travel a lot, and when you love to just wander around and get lost, you can end up in the most unusual spots … I don’t know, it must be some sort of built-in radar that often directs me to places that are strangely quiet, or quietly strange,” Wenders explains.

In contrast to his work as a director he uses “quite old-fashioned,” as he describes it, analogue technology in his photography: “In the analogue process, we’re equal partners, my relation to the place continues until weeks later, when I finally see a result. (…) Digital photographers today are working in an altogether different profession. They are ‘image producers’ and conduct some new sort of painting, that leaves photography way behind, in my book. Myself (together with others) I’m happy I can still practice it. Not out of nostalgia, but for the pure pleasure in reality. It’s a constant work against its ongoing disappearance,” says Wenders. (read more)

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