Polaroids of film

The Guardian website is currently home to some Polaroid photographs taken on set by Andrei Tarkovsky.


The photos are selections from the new book, Instant Light Tarkovsky Polaroids, published by Thames and Hudson.

Andrei Tarkovsky, the best film director that ever lived - in my opinion - took the photographs on set in Russia and Italy between 1979 and 1984.

Responsible for such masterpieces as Mirror, Andrei Rublev and Solaris - no, not that piece of crap remake by Stephen Soderberg - Tarkovsky was a true vituoso of cinematography.

Particularly astonishing is Stalker. A visual and intellectual feast, it tells the story of a lone - and lonely - man who is paid to escort two other, deeply flawed men, one a professor and the other a writer, into a mysterious area called 'the Zone'.

Without a doubt a titan of film-making, Tarkovsky's movies are stunning in every way. As a challenge I suggest pausing a DVD copy of Stalker at any random scene and considering how perfectly composed the shot will be. Any single frame is an image worthy of being a painting or photograph.

Despite the limited technology of a Polaroid camera, these images give an interesting insight into how Tarkovsky composed his work.

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