Pictures From the Surface of the Earth - SIGNED by Wim Wenders
Pictures From the Surface of the Earth
SIGNED by Wim Wenders
Globetrotting filmmaker Wim Wenders always takes his old panorama camera
with him, using it whenever the sheer wealth of what he sees and the
impression it leaves on him breaks the normal scale of things. Infinite
landscapes, endless horizons, deserts, and mountain ranges overwhelm by
their emptiness and silence, street fronts in Havana, Houston, Berlin,
or Jerusalem offer deep insights into the shallows of civilization.
Wenders' photographs are pictures of a world almost devoid of humans, a
natural or man-made world viewed from a distance. They shed light on the
many guises the surface of the earth dons and attest to Wenders'
contemplative and amazed gaze. This gaze, of course, didn't stop at
September 11 and delivered haunting photos of Ground Zero taken shortly
after the attack. With poetic comments by the artist on all the
pictures, the book is both a portrait of the world as encountered by the
photographer and a portrait of the photographer as reflected in his
vision of the world.