Photographs by Wim Wenders
D.A.P./SCHIRMER/MOSEL, 2010. 256 pp., 225 color illustrations, 6x7¾".
Wim Wenders ranks among the greatest artistic minds of contemporary film: over the past 30 years
his films have consistently demonstrated such clarity and sensitivity that they have transcended
boundaries of language and nationality, finding a devoted audience worldwide. Wenders brings to
this collection of photographic essays the same literary and cinematic talents, the same command
of the art of storytelling that we find in his films. In the tradition of Paris, Texas and Faraway, So
Close, the texts and pictures in Once weave ambiguous and moving narratives in fits of rhythmic
prose and inventive imagery. Prefaced by Wenders’ poetic meditations on the metaphysics of
photography and film, Once consists of short, autobiographical sketches relating Wenders’
experiences—both meaningful and apparently trivial—on his trips across the world scouting
locations for his films, as well as photographs taken during these excursions. The resulting book
is at once travel diary, photo album, and a series of short films or short stories—revealing the views
and sentiments of an auteur inspired by the poetry of the eye and the melody of speech. Fascinating
and revelatory, Once gives us a unique look at the universe Wenders has created out of the hidden
pieces of everyday life.