Wim Wenders: Instant Stories


A photographic road trip through film director Wim Wenders’ life, featuring over 400 polaroids taken over five decades between 1968 and 2017


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Wim Wenders


As well as being an acclaimed filmmaker and a member of the New German Cinema movement, Wim Wenders (b. 1945) has also made an international name for himself as a photographer, with shows all over the world. He now opens a treasure chest of Polaroids taken during the 1970s and 1980s.

Here are portraits of friends, actors and personal heroes; souvenirs of places and events from the life of a young travelling filmmaker; impressions of his first trips to the US, shots of movie icons on American TV screens, the cinemas of provincial Germany in the 1970s, and much more. The adventure of shooting films around the world becomes an almanac of adventure, curiosity and tranquillity.

Wenders’ instant photographs are interwoven with his own stories, memories and flights of fancy that weave the images into an intimate and poetic journey. Instant Stories is a photographic road movie of the director’s early years, as he rose to global fame with films such as The Scarlet Letter, Alice in the Cities, Wrong Move, Kings of the Road and The American Friend.

With 403 illustrations

Additional information

Weight 1114 g
Dimensions 19 x 23.4 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 20 August 2021
Number of pages 320
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 19 x 23.4 cm
Weight 1114 g


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Wim Wenders is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and photographer. He was appointed president of the European Film Academy in 1996, and was awarded the Honorary Golden Bear of the Berlin International Film Festival.