I have a substantial amount of photo-books. This is a log of the books I most frequently take off the shelf.
A record of Tarkovsky’s Polaroids in two parts; Russia and then (in exile) in Italy. Exquisite attempts to stop time with texts that give a heartbreaking glimpse into his life and his yearning to be with his family.
The book reproduces the polaroids at life size. Some of them have accompanying notes on the facing page. These notes are Tarkovsky’s own comments and read like diary entries.
To wander through ‘Instant Light’ is a very intimate experience especially considering that the book was published after Tarkovsky’s death by Thames and Hudson.