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What to do Today: Go See Wim Wenders’ Polaroids

Step into the whimsical world of Wim Wenders.

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Stuck on what to do today? Let us help you. This Wednesday 7 February, we recommend that you head to the Photographer’s Gallery to see the dream-like polaroids of film legend, Wim Wenders….

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What to do Today: See ‘Instant Stories. Wim Wenders’ Polaroids’

Wim Wenders

You’ll want to take a mental snapshot of this exhibit before it closes.

A filmmaker known for his whimsical shots and moody landscape scenes, Wim Wenders’ exhibition ‘Instant Stories’ is a dreamy journey into his mind. In his native Germany, Wenders began his work on films that articulated Europe’s post-war anxiety. His polaroids became popular in America later in his life. In the one above, Wenders was driving along the freeway in LA and heard about John Lennon’s death on the radio. He pulled over and took the photograph, then cried uncontrollably. Until 11 Feb. 

The entire Polaroid process (and procedure) has nothing to do with our contemporary experience, when we look at virtual and vanishing apparitions on a screen that we can delete or swipe to the next one. Then, you produced and owned ‘an original’! This was a true THING, a singular object of its own, not a copy, not a print, not multipliable, not repeatable. You couldn’t help feeling that you had stolen this image-object from the world. You had transferred a piece of the past into the present. -Wim Wenders

Visit the Photographer’s Gallery for details; 16-18 Ramillies St, Soho, London W1F 7LW

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