German filmmaker Wim Wenders presented here Thursday a photo exhibit with images of Ground Zero in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and of the March 2011 Fukushima Daichii nuclear disaster in Japan.
In the photos, exhibited for the first time in Spain, Wenders said he tried to be true to the things he saw, to "let the spaces speak" for themselves and show "there's beauty even in hell."
Organized by the Sorigue Foundation, the exhibition also includes panoramic landscape photographs taken by the director over the past 20 years.
The images, captured with analog cameras without any digital alterations, seek only to show the reality of what he saw in his travels, the filmmaker said.
"I'm an old-school photographer. My photos aren't altered in any way. I know it's old-fashioned but my photos show what I saw, with the idea that people who see them are as moved as I was. That's my goal as a photographer, to be an interpreter of the planet's voices and places," the filmmaker said in the northeastern city of Lleida.
He said that not altering the images is part of his notion of the "ethics of photography."
"When I make movies, I do use digital technology and I've even filmed in 3D, and it's all well and good to use trickery and alter reality. But as a photographer, my intent is not to add anything to what I see. I just want to be faithful to the places where I go and pass along the stories they tell me," he said. EFE