Thursday, June 21, 2012

I started reading Sontag's "Fascinating Fascism" essay in "Under the Sign of Saturn", about the female German propaganda filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl (read it HERE), and it made me think of Faye Schulman the Jewish partisan photographer (who doesn't even have a wikipedia entry BTW). They were both active more or less at the same time. But holy shit, Riefenstahl got to meet Hitler and be a movie star while Schulman, who was the only one in her family kept alive because of her ability to photograph (she was to document the massacres), fled and joined the partisans and had to bury her camera and tripod in the ground during missions and make "sun prints". How do you keep up your practice when your life is always in danger? Is my generation so lazy? Oh man. Anyway, that's pretty much what I think about all day. Opposites, parallels, etc... Riefenstahl's career ended miserably when the war was over and fascism became uncool again. She died old, one hundred and one years old. Bad decisions!

Faye Schulman


Leni Riefenstahl

I listen to the Sadies all day some days

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