In July, 2017, the Museum für Film und Fernsehen opened the exhibition Robby Müller – Master of Light, turning its attention to one of the most important and most influential cinematographers in international cinema. Whether his lens is focused on Björk dancing in a factory building, Johnny Depp drifting out to sea in a canoe, or the beautiful Nastassja Kinski wearing a bright pink jumper, Müller is the cameraman who created great cinematographic shots in modern classics such as DANCER IN THE DARK, DEAD MAN and PARIS, TEXAS. Influences from Edward Hopper appear in his work, while his use of light recalls paintings by Vermeer. The Dutch cameraman Robby Müller is undeniably a virtuoso and master of his craft.
In the exhibition large-scale projections of selected movie scenes provided an impression of Müller’s visual acumen and the complexity of his works. Interviews with a number of directors – including Wim Wenders, Lars von Trier and Jim Jarmusch – atteted to Müller’s outstanding abilities as a cameraman. His private archive also enriched the exhibition in an unusual way: These glimpses into documents and scripts, but especially dozens of film recordings, described Müller’s life on set as if in a diary. At its conclusion, the exhibition presented a selection of Polaroid photographs taken by Müller, which, in an entirely different context, revealed him to be a “Master of Light” once more.
The exhibition was originally organized and conceived by the EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam.