Filmmaker Wim Wenders stars in Derby Photography Festival

By Culture24 Staff | 19 February 2009
A black and white picture of a couple kissing

Pic courtesy FORMAT09: Once – Still Images of Moving Pictures – photographs by Wim Wenders

Exhibition: Once – Still Images of Moving Pictures, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby, until April 13 2009.

Format09, Derby’s Photography Festival of more than 200 snappers across a score of venues, has secured an impressive headliner with an exhibition of work by Wim Wenders.

Four weeks of displays, talks, workshops and events begin in the city on March 6 2009, but pictures by the cult German filmmaker, whose cinematic work includes Wings of Desire and Buena Vista Social Club, have already gone on display at Derby Museum and Art Gallery.

A black and white picture of two middle-aged people sharing a joke, one with a moustache and cowboy hat, the other with white hair pointing towards the camera

Pic courtesy FORMAT09: Once – Still Images of Moving Pictures – photographs by Wim Wenders

Once is a collection composed by Wenders during trips across the world while on location for his films, comprising snapshots of lonely, isolated individuals, graffiti-stained walls, Texan skylines and tiny communities.

“The broken buries itself deeper into memory than the whole,” says Wenders, describing the premise behind his idiosyncratic visions. “The broken has a kind of brittle surface which one's memory can grab hold to. On the clean surface of the whole, memory slips away."

A black and white picture of a half naked elderly man standing in desert terrain wearing a hat

Pic courtesy FORMAT09: Once – Still Images of Moving Pictures – photographs by Wim Wenders

Neil Campbell, Lecturer in American Studies, will discuss the exhibition on March 18 2009 between 6pm & 7pm, followed by a screening of Paris Texas, Wenders’ 1984 film (15). Tickets are £6/£5, call 01332 290606 or visit www.derbyquad.co.uk

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