From the Catalogue:
Wim Wenders is one of the most important figures to emerge from the New German Cinema period of the 1970s. Alongside directing atmospheric auteur films, the artist works with the medium of photography, and his poignant images of desolate landscapes engage themes including memory, time, loss, nostalgia and movement. Sauerkraut Factory was shot 2003 in the middle of the American Midwest. About his experiences of the American and German roadside Wim Wenders states: “I think I had wide-open eyes for America, and 'the American landscape' in a general sense seemed extremely attractive to me, both as a photographer and a filmmaker. But maybe that long absence from Germany of altogether 15 years has enabled me to see places here with the same wide-open eyes now. What has remained the same: in those landscapes, German or American, I’m still looking for the traces of civilization, of history, of people.”
Source: Blain | Southern, Berlin
Image rights: Courtesy Wim Wenders and Blain|Southern, Berlin
About Wim Wenders
Widely considered one of the leading auteur figures from the New German Cinema era of the late 1960s and ’70s, Wim Wenders is a film director, producer, playwright, and photographer. Well-known cinematic works include Wings of Desire, Buena Vista Social Club (a documentary of famous Cuban musicians), and Paris, Texas (in which a speechless man devoid of memory searches for a link to his past). In the 1980s Wenders began a long-running photographic project, Pictures from the Surface of the Earth, for which he travelled around the globe, capturing images in countries such as Australia, Cuba, Israel, Japan, and the United States, characterized by quiet, desolate landscapes and scenes—a barren desert, for instance, or a derelict hotel lobby. Wenders once said that photography is akin to “watching death at work,” as the contents of the image will inevitably change, fade, or cease to exist. He began his photographic practice using 35mm Polaroid cameras, but has since worked with medium-format cameras, enabling him to produce larger images.
German, b. 1945