31 May 2004

Tarkovsky's Polaroids

The Guardian has a few of the great Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky's Polaroids up for view. They are part of a new book, which apparently is only available in the UK. The pictures are remarkable not just because they use a medium not often associated with interesting photography, but because they look like they could come from one of Tarkovsky's movies.

By the way, if you haven't read Tarkovsky's Sculpting in Time : Reflections on the Cinema, it's worth at least a glance. Here's a taste:
As soon as one begins to cater expressly for the auditorium, then we're talking of the entertainment industry, show business, the masses, or what have you, but certainly not of art which necessarily obeys its own immanent laws of development whether we like it or not (170).