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Long immersed in film, theater, and the arts, Wenders (b. 1965) has worked professionally as a photographer since 1995. She has been internationally published and exhibited and has written several books in collaboration with her husband, filmmaker Wim Wenders. For this, her first solo monograph, she pulls from across her oeuvre a collection of 60 intimate and strangely quiet black-and-white images of people, some of them famous (e.g., choreographer Pina Bausch, actress/model Milla Jovovich). Taken together, these images are studies of observed reflection, engagement, and self-immersion, a meditation on self-imposed isolation and privacy. Two images, one of a bird in a cage, the other of a misted island, bookend the collection, informing Wenders's theme and setting the tone. Exploiting grain, contrast, and focus to dramatic yet serene effect, the images are both filmic and profoundly still. These are not stolen shots of someone in motion; they are revealed moments of stoppage, often within hectic surroundings. Through them, Wenders is asking us to pay attention, observe, and relate. Novelist Hustvedt and critic Gisbourne contribute essays. Elegantly reproduced with excellent print quality; recommended for large fine art collections with potential crossover to film sections.
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