Filmmaker Wim Wenders explains how Polaroid photos sparked his creativity
Wim Wenders, the prolific German filmmaker with a glittering CV, has been discussing how the impact Polaroid photos have impacted his creativity.
Not long ago Far Out introduced Wenders’ prolific Polaroid diary, a collection of images taken from his work on set, his travels and more. Now, we’ve unearthed a short film which explores more detail on the filmmakers reliance on the image output. “Every movie starts with a certain idea,” says Wenders in the short film. “And the Polaroid was just a collection of constant ideas,” he adds.
“My very first Polaroid camera was a very simple one. Mid-sixties. I was 20, and I used Polaroid cameras exclusively until I was about 35 or so. Most of them I gave away, because when you took Polaroids, people were always greedy and wanted them because it was an object, it was a singular thing.”
When talking about his Polaroids, Wenders adds that his work was a “very insightful into the process of my first six, seven movies, all the movies I did through the seventies.”
He adds: “Polaroids were never so exact about the framing. You didn’t really care about that. It was about the immediacy of it. It’s almost a subconscious act, and then it became something real. That makes it such a window into your soul as well.”