Paris Photo is fast approaching, and one thing to be on the lookout for is the previously unseen work of director and photographer Wim Wenders, who has gained the representation of the Howard Greenberg Gallery (November 9-12, 2023). Wender's work will be on display at the Grand Palais Éphémère, showcasing previously unseen and exhibited work shot when preparing for his landmark film Paris, Texas in 1983. The work will be a selection of unique vintage Cibachrome prints.
Wim Wenders is a highly respected German filmmaker 'considered a pioneer of 1970s 'New German Cinema' and one of the most important representatives of contemporary cinema internationally'. His photographic work has been exhibited in museums around the world, his output includes numerous photo books, film books, and collections of essays. His films have been very well-received internationally with hits including Paris, Texas (1984), Wings of Desire (1987), and PINA (2011).
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During the preparation of the film Paris, Texas (1984), Wenders traveled the American West with his 6x7 medium format camera, in search of desolate landscapes and interesting characters, for his movie. For several months Wenders traveled through Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California, in awe of the vastness of the landscape and the cowboy mystique represented in old westerns. Light and color were the main subjects of Wenders' attraction, being drawn to the warm glow that energized the otherwise bleak landscape.
Wenders' is said to have loved using his Plaubel Makina 67 to take these photographs, and insisting on traveling alone without an assistant. "If I'm not alone, I don't take pictures", says Wenders. "The basic thing I'm after is to abandon myself and immerse myself in the place, you can't do that with somebody else around."
The resulting photographic series, Written in the West, was exhibited in 1986 at the Centre Pompidou, and then published as a book in 2001. Written in the West was the initial series and starting point for Wenders’ 20-year photography project Pictures from the Surface of the Earth.
Howard Greenberg Gallery will present Wenders at Paris Photo and then during a solo exhibition of Wim Wenders photographs in collaboration with Wenders Images in September 2024. For more information keep an eye on the Howard Greenberg Gallery website.