1983, Wim Wenders travelled through the American West in search of locations
for the shooting of "Paris, Texas". In the process, he produced an impressive
sequence of photos of the country, glimpsed with the professional -
and at the same time personal - eye of one of the greatest German directors
of our time.
"Photography enables you to grasp a place first time round. In
fact, photography often tends to become impossible in a place you're
already familiar with. Going back somewhere seldom accompanies a desire
to take photos.... Photography is a means of exploration, it's a vital
part of travel, almost as essential as a car or a plane. The photo camera
makes arrival in a place possible."
"Behind the photos is a wish to look at something (regarder)
and to preserve it (garder). The french word gets it nicely -
re-garder. The photos Walker Evans took in the Depression were
just that: preserving something that was going to disappear in three
of four years' time, in your eye and in your memory."
Text and photographs from the book
Written in the West