June 19, 2019

30 years of Polaroid photography by Robby Müller

Polaroid presents Robby Müller: Like Sunlight Coming Through The Clouds; an exhibition dedicated to the Polaroid photography of the legendary Dutch cinematographer (1940 – 2018).

These works will be exhibited at the Place de la République 12, Arles, France, during the renowned photography Festival Rencontres D’Arles from 1 – 28 July 2019.

Boppard am Rhein, while shooting ‘Falsche Bewegung’, 1974 Polaroid SX-70 © Robby Müller Estate Courtesy Robby Müller Estate
New Orleans, while shooting ‘Down By Law’, 1985 Polaroid 600 © Robby Müller Estate Courtesy Robby Müller Estate
Kensington Motel, Santa Monica, L.A, 1985 Polaroid 600 © Robby Müller Estate Courtesy Robby Müller Estate

Known for his pioneering camerawork and virtuoso lighting, Müller was one of the most important cinematographers in modern film history. His vision imprinted itself in cinema over the course of an illustrious career, marked by long-term collaborations with directors Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch and Lars von Trier on films such as Paris, Texas (1984), Down By Law (1986) and Breaking the Waves (1996).

With this exhibition, over 100 personal and unseen Polaroid photos shot from the early 1970s until the late 1990s will go on display. Visitors to Arles will have the rare opportunity to discover new aspects of Müller’s photographic eye, characterised by the same poetic aesthetic that infused his imagery and heralded him as a ‘master of light’.

Hilton 6th Ave, NYC, 1986 Polaroid 600 © Robby Müller Estate Courtesy Robby Müller Estate
Baywater Hotel, New Orleans, while shooting ‘Down By Law’, 1985 Polaroid 600 © Robby Müller Estate Courtesy Robby Müller Estate
La Palma, September-October, 1987 Polaroid 600 © Robby Müller Estate Courtesy Robby Müller Estate

This exhibition has been curated by the wife of the artist, Andrea Müller-Schirmer, Art Historian and Image Editor for the Dutch art magazine Kunstschrift; and organised with the cooperation of Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam; with the support of the Polaroid Art and Culture team.

© Robby Müller Estate
Courtesy Robby Müller Estate