Wenders’ Major Photo Show

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Photo from Wim Wenders’ exhibition at the Haunch of Venison Gallery, London.
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Filmmaker Wim Wenders’ new photography exhibition reveals an image-maker exploring a photography of ‘loss’

 

Photography by filmmaker and artist Wim Wenders is currently on display  at The Haunch of Venison gallery in London in a show called Places, strange and quiet. The show features nearly 40 mages shot in the period 1983-2011 depicting cities, buildings and landscapes. As much as these images are about places he describes as ‘strangely quiet, or quietly strange,’ they represent a guiding idea that has driven so much of his work. “When you travel a lot,” he writes, “and when you love to just wander around and get lost, you can end up in the strangest spots.”  From Paris, Texas to Wings of Desire, to his most recent movie Pina, about Pina Bausch’s dance company coming to terms with her sudden death, Wenders’ work has often been an exploration of the experience of loss and being lost. His talent is the ability to translate this idea and emotion into visual form, even his films are measured by the haunting stillness of the cinematography. Despite the sadness of the subject matter there’s a visual warmth that comes from his photographic empathy.  A sense of loss tempered by the act of taking a photograph.

 

 

Wim Wenders, Places, strange and quiet, is on at The Haunch of Venison gallery London until May 14

 

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