How Wim Wenders put the snap back into Polaroids

Wim Wenders became a major film-maker when, in the 1970s, German cinema became cool around the world. His hits included The American Friend and Paris, Texas. But Wenders was privately experimenting with one of the most straightforward of visual technologies – the Polaroid stills camera. Thousands of those shots were thrown away – but now a selection of surviving images has gone on display in London. Wenders says when he started taking Polaroid pictures in the mid-1960s it had nothing to do with art. “It was just part of my…

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