Tarkovsky's Polaroids


14 Responses to “Tarkovsky's Polaroids”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I agree that the medium of Polaroid seems to suit Tarkovsky’s vision exceedingly well… and for anyone who loved Stalker, be aware that there are at least 2 films of his that are arguably even greater, and are often mentioned by cinema buffs in the same breath as such seminal films as L’Avventura and 2001: namely, Solaris and Andrei Rublev. See them. Oh yeah, and The Sacrifice is not to be missed, also.
    And I don’t know exactly why, but the atmosphere and setting of pic #8 on page 5 of the photo reel reminded me sharply of the setting for the infamous “first photograph ever” taken in 1826: http://neatorama.cachefly.net/images/2006-07/world-first-photograph-nicephore-niepce.jpg – seems like he hearkens back to an earlier time in an almost physical sense, with some of these shots.

  2. Anonymous says:

    all those Tarkovsky films are BRILLIANT, but ZERKALO (Mirror) is his MASTERPIECE. If you love Tarkovsky – read his book, SCULPTING IN TIME.

    - DJ Jenochka

  3. Uncle Balsamic says:

    These are glorious. He is one of the greatest artists who ever lived. These photos, like his films, are just immensely beautiful.

  4. 2k says:

    To the zone, Ney! The Meat Grinder with you!!

  5. EssArt says:

    The fact that he liked Polaroids kind of clicks. The color palette of his movies always has that “stark with popping bold colors” feel I always gave their film.

  6. Anonymous says:

    someone call The Doctor…the Weeping Angels are on the loose!

    • twelvesixteen says:

      My first thought as well. Clearly they know what they’re doing. By draping the stone angel’s head, they can’t look it directly in the eyes.

  7. RitchG says:

    Wow. His pictures are as awesome as his movies. Stark is definitely the right word.

  8. ZombyWoof says:

    Thank you

  9. elfspice says:

    hehe pretty sure the angels from doctor who weren’t invented until after he died… what wonderful images. wonderful film maker wonderful photographer… i’d never heard of him until i became a full blown addict of the computer game based loosely on his movie and the book it came from, and i’m so glad i have now, and i definitely have to see more of his movies. Stalker is definitely one of my all time favourite movies, so rich in texture and subtlety.

  10. SFedor says:


  11. bklynchris says:

    I have a hunch that many fans of bb are also huge fans of his movie “Stalker”, arguably the best film ever made.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Anon: Thanks for the Dr. Who reference. Made my day.

  13. Rob Myers says:

    I love Tarkovsky’s films (yes, especially Stalker #5).

    There’s something wonderful about a Soviet film-maker using such an American camera (was it actually a Polaroid?) and making something so amazing with it.

Leave a Reply