From the Publisher:
Tarkovsky often reflected on the way that time flies and this is precisely what he wanted: to stop it, even with these quick Polaroid shots … These images leave us with a mysterious and poetic sensation, the melancholy of seeing things for the last time. It is as though Andrey wanted a swift way to pass his own enjoyment to others. They are something to be shared, not only a method of making his own wish to stop time come true. And they feel like a fond farewell’ – Tonino Guerra, from the Introduction
Composed of sixty luminous polaroids taken by Andrey Tarkovsky in Russia and Italy between 1979 and 1984, this beautifully produced series of cameos from the director’s life reveals him to be a master of the still as much as of the moving image. The photos in the first section, taken in Russia, have the radiant melancholy of lengthening shadows and trees looming through misty dawns near Tarkovsky’s country dacha, together with portraits of his wife, son and dog, loaded with nostalgia by quotations from his later diaries. Those taken in Italy portray exquisite still lifes and glimmering ruins. The book concludes with photographs from Tarkovsky’s personal collection.
Tarkovsky is here revealed as realizing the utmost potential of a fleeting, disposable medium: his images seem to capture eternity in a moment. Probably best-known for his 1972 film Solaris, and widely considered the finest film-maker Russia has ever produced, Tarkovsky died in 1986 in Paris.
There have been many editions of this classic photobook. This copy is from one of the early printings of the paperback version of the book. It was printed in Italy for Thames & Hudson, London in 2006.
Condition and Remarks:
This is an extremely clean copy of Tarkovsky’s Instant Light with the exception of some light shelf wear. The wear consists of minor rubbing to front and back covers and a few extremely light scratches in the gloss of the photo on the front cover. These flaws are at first difficult to see (and photograph), but when held so the book is illuminated by side or raking light, they are there. Typically I feel this book would be graded Excellent, but I’m being very conservative. Aside from the noted flaws, the book would appear at a glance to be new.