Andrei Tarkovsky's Rare Instant Photographs of Everyday Life

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Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky is no ordinary household name in cinema -- he is known to be the last pioneer and real inventor among everyone before him. The famed Ingmar Bergrman would describe him as "the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream".

The filmmaker is known for his exploration on memory, childhood and dreams, everything that is the antithesis of Hollywood cinema. To Tarkovsky, film was all about life. Such of his acclaimed films are "Solaris", "The Mirror", "Andrei Rublev", and "Stalker".

But amidst all his prolific and grandeur image in cinema, he manifests his love and passion for the sublime through instant photography.

Polaroid by Andrei Tarkovsky from the book Instant Light: Tarkovsky Polaroids from Thames and Hudson
Polaroids by Andrei Tarkovsky from the book Instant Light: Tarkovsky Polaroids from Thames and Hudson

In the book "Instant Light: Tarkovsky Polaroids and Sculpting in Time" shows off his rare instant photos. Many of his images are akin to his cinematography -- most are taken with watchful eye as he carefully shoots the Russian and Italian landscapes through sunlight and shadows, as well as his intimate moments with his family.

Polaroids by Andrei Tarkovsky from the book Instant Light: Tarkovsky Polaroids from Thames and Hudson

The photographs only strengthens evidence on Tarkovsky's eye for subtle beauty, from flowers, huge fields, streetscapes, portraits and still life.

Polaroids by Andrei Tarkovsky from the book Instant Light: Tarkovsky Polaroids from Thames and Hudson

Images are sourced from Gwarlingo.

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5 Comments

  1. peteparker
    peteparker ·

    What film/camera?

  2. gionnired
    gionnired ·

    Super atmospheres!

  3. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    "antithesis of hollywood cinema" (y)(y)(y) btw the 6th & 9th photo look like my fave polaroid artist signature color, Steffanie Schneider when she use the real polaroid sx70 camera & film <3<3<3

  4. dmsoakland
    dmsoakland ·

    "At my wedding in Moscow in 1977, Tarkovsky had a Polaroid camera in his hand and he moved about happily with this instrument which he discovered only recently. He and Michelangelo Antonioni were my witnesses at the wedding, and as the custom then, it fell to them to choose the music for the band to play when the time came to sign the marriage certificate. The chose The Blue Danube."

  5. akula
    akula ·

    Great compositional structure to these photos.

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