Tarkovsky for me has been the greatest. The one that created a visual language true to the medium of cinema, since his captures life as a reflection. Life as a dream.

These words were attributed by Ingmar Bergman to Tarkovsky, who a number of times was credited as Bergman's great hero in cinema. Tarkovsky much like Bergman makes part of a group of filmmakers alongside the likes of Akira Kurasawa, Fellini, Satyajit Ray, Truffaut and Godard who've left a great mark with their bodies of work  and continue to inspire younger generations of filmmakers all over.

Bergman's sentiment towards Tarkovsky seems to have been most mutual as Tarkovsky has been quoted saying that Bergman and Robert Bresson were the only two people whose opinions mattered to him and were held in high esteem by him. Surprisingly, Tarkovsky only left the world a few films, roughly ten in numbers, of which Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker and The Sacrifice stand out as cherished favourites.

In 2006 Thames & Hudson published some sixty polaroid snaps from Tarkovsky's personal collection which were taken between 1979 and 1984 and which altogether make for one of the most compelling coffee table books in recent years. The ethereal images are haunting and atmospherical and are a true testament of Tarkovsky's undeniably sharp eye for still imagery, much in line with the moving frames that make for the masterpieces that are his films.

I can't really think of a better gift to give a film buff than Instant Light - Tarkovsky Polaroids.  It simply just doesn't get much better.

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