Abbas Kiarostami

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Abbas Kiarostami, photographer? But of course—even, it might be argued, when he makes films: Just think of the Iranian director’s Taste of Cherry (1997), with its ninety-nine minutes of fixed-camera shots. And in his new film, The Wind Will Carry Us (1999), people move, cars move, clouds move, animals and insects move, but the camera’s eye that observes and records them most often remains motionless—and at one with the viewers sitting in front of the movie screen.

As it turns out, Kiarostami has been taking “real” photographs for some twenty years. The motivation, he insists, came not from any love of the medium but from his love of nature and the desire to “eternalize” his contact with it. During the two years of preparation that went into The Wind Will Carry Us, he shot some 2,000 photos, not only in the course of his extensive search for locations in Kurdistan, where the film takes place,

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