Film maker. Director. Photographer. Producer. Writer. This is Wim Wenders and in recent years, Berlin has proudly been able to call him its own. Now his current city of residence will celebrate him as C/O Berlin hosts the photographic exhibition Wim Wenders. Instant Stories.
Originally from Dusseldorf, Wenders is considered one of the pioneers of the German film industry, creating numerous feature films and receiving countless awards and accolades for his talents. Wim Wenders is an esteemed figure today in the global film industry and has established a well respected reputation over the almost 5 decades of his career. Films such as Paris, Texas (1984), Wings of Desire (1987), and The Million Dollar Hotel (2000), were globally successful, while more recently he ventured into documentary film making, creating Academy Award nominated films including Buena Vista Social Club (1999), Pina (2011), The Salt of the Earth (2014) and more recently, Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (2018) which premiered at the most recent Cannes Film Festival. His latest work Grenzenlos (Submergence) is a feature film that will have its world premiere this September at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Along with his film success, Wenders is also a skilled photographer and this is the focus of the exhibition Wim Wenders. Instant Stories that opened this week at C/O Berlin. Many of the photographs come straight from his film making career – including polaroids from sets, travel pictures from the various locations he was shooting in and seemingly insignificant slices of life that capture the small personal moments he experienced.
As he experimented with light, colour and perspective, polaroids were his primary means of documentation in many instances, creating a story of their own. His personal collection includes thousands of images, featuring personal moments, travels and of course celebrities and friends, that span the period from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.
Wim Wenders. Instant Stories opened on Saturday 7th July and will run until 23rd September 2018 at CO Berlin. This exhibition will be its one and only public viewing in Germany. There are over 240 Polaroids in the exhibition, along with film excerpts, and comments from Wenders in the audio guide that accompanies the exhibition.
The Wim Wenders Foundation and The Photographers’ Gallery in London collaborated to present the exhibition together and it was curated for Berlin by Felix Hoffmann and Anna Duque y González. Tickets are €10 for adults and €6 reduced. There will be guided tours every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and 4pm in German and on Saturdays at 6pm in English. There is an audio guide available in German or English for €2 with additional commentary from the man himself.