Escape into the great world of Wes Anderson with this new journey pictures book

In the past two years, a community of more than a million people has gathered around a social media account that celebrates a great love for travel, photography, design and, ultimately, the symmetrically magnificent celluloid universe evoked by film director Wes Anderson . The Instagram account @accidentallywesanderson, which was set up in 2018 by the self-known “Anderson fanboy” Wally Koval as a bizarre love affair, is currently gaining around 3,500 followers a week, all of whom are seduced by his photos of real-life places from which he is plucked seems to be the just world of Anderson’s films. The platform is so popular that Instagram’s New York City office has a conference room named after the account.

And now the director himself has approved the exquisitely curated homage in the form of a foreword to Koval’s new book Accidentally Wes Anderson. This visual journey through 200 of the account’s best travel shots is accompanied by the human stories behind every seemingly fanciful facade and colorful place – from Prags Hotel Opera, a beautiful double-building for Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, to Roberts Cottages in California, a the pastel colored parade of houses that could emerge straight from one of his works.

With the release of Anderson’s latest film, The French Dispatch, pushed back to 2021, we will have to wait a little longer for Timothée Chalamet, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and other loads of American journalists to play their trade in a fictional French town of the 20th century. Meanwhile, this collection of images, where the world appears to be imitating Anderson’s art, offers a finely tuned aesthetic starter.

Accidentally, Wes Anderson of Wally Koval appears at Trapeze with a foreword by Wes Anderson, RRP: £ 25

Three more … readings on film

The Nolan Variations

An exclusive report by film critic Tom Shone on the life and films of Christopher Nolan. In a series of interviews with the “blockbuster writer,” in which previously unseen photos, storyboards and sketches are accessed, Shone reveals the state of research that Nolan has devoted to location scouting, including the use of Paris for key scenes in the film Inception, Iceland as a double for different planets in Interstellar and the director’s deep connection to a beach in Dunkirk. It’s a great background reading for those who have just seen, or are about to see, Nolan’s current epic biopic tenet. (Faber & Faber, £ 30)

National Trust on the screen

Conservation organization site managers Harvey Edgington and Lauren Taylor take readers behind the scenes at the National Trust’s 10 most filmed sites across the country. This insider’s guide for movie and television fans includes exclusive footage of local actors – from Colin Firth on his Mr. Darcy dive into the lake at Lyme in Cheshire to Daniel Radcliffe in his Hogwarts robes in the cloister of Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire attracts. and shows the logistics behind the organization of an average of nine shoots per month while securing historical goods. (National Trust, £ 9.99)

Iconic New York

Perhaps nowhere has it sparked such inspiration for directors as the Big Apple, and Manhattan’s pop-up and perform skyline is always in the spotlight. The panoramic splendor of the New York cityscape is obsessively captured in this newly expanded glossy book by the photographer and native New Yorker Christopher Bliss. Dedicated to exploring the city’s iconic profile, superstar skyscrapers and outstanding architecture, as well as movie favorites like the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Central Park, Bliss has captured current scenes from the ever-changing Brooklyn borough. (teNeues, € 35 / £ 32)

Published in the November / December 2020 issue of National Geographic Traveler (UK)

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