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It was the photographer’s widow who wanted …

It was the photographer’s widow who wanted …

In addition to the gigantic volume, buyers were given a metal book stand designed by star designer Philippe Starck. Ten years later, in 2009, a scaled-down version of the book came out at a price of 100 euros. It was the wish of the photographer’s widow, who …… died in a traffic accident at the age of 83 in 2004, …… to show the photos from “” Sumo “” in an exhibition. That is why the Museum of Photography in Berlin presented its works last year. In the anniversary year 2020, a new variant from the Taschen Verlag will be added: “” Baby Sumo “”. Half the size of the original, limited to 10,000 pieces, available for 1,000 euros. The good piece was edited and revised by June Newton, and again a book stand designed by Philippe Starck is included. June and Helmut Newton were married in 1948. Over the decades …… they were not only a married couple, but …… also worked very closely together.

June Newton also made a name for herself as a photographer – under the pseudonym Alice Springs. And now and then the 97-year-old was Helmuts’ model, as in this picture from 1972, which is shown in “” Sumo “”. “” Sumo “” contains hundreds of Newton’s photographs from the genres of fashion, portrait and nudes, …… in black and white and color, …… the well-known “” Big Nudes “”, …… fashion photographs for “” Vogue “”, “” Elle “”, “” Stern “” or “” Vanity Fair “”, …… nudes and portraits. The more than 400 photos from “” Sumo “” … … already filled several rooms in Berlin. On the occasion of the birthday, a special exhibition is running in the Ernst Barlach Museum in Wedel. Until …… 29.

November 2020 the museum allows a large overview of Newton’s works. “No photographer of his time created more elaborate and provocative image productions, no one …… worked on the subject of fashion, nudes and portraits so systematically and disseminated them worldwide through books and glossy magazines”, writes the museum. In addition to the well-known …… nudes, there are also portraits of Chancellor Helmut Kohl, the artist David Hockney and ……

Seeing Pop Art Icon Andy Warhol. Of course, the museum points out that the visit is only allowed if the current distance and hygiene rules are observed. (abe / jug / soe dpa) “There was a recording device in every interrogation room of the State Security. (Photo: imago images / photothek) The Stasi not only left behind mountains of files, but also an enormous audio archive. Tapped phone calls and interrogations, everything was recorded. These acoustic documents cause goose bumps to this day. The sound is sharp, the recording quality is rather mediocre: “” Stop lying, “” demands the State Security officer. The interviewee tries to counter: “” I can’t admit a thing that do not exist. “” Which accusation is involved is just as little learned as the day and place of the conversation.

The snippet is part of the original sound collage “” You speak to the Stasi “” by Andreas Ammer and FM Einheit. Because the enormous data legacy that the Ministry of State Security of the GDR has left includes not only files, glasses with smell samples and mountains of photos, but also sound recordings. Wherever the Stasi could press for admission, it did so. During interrogations, telephone calls or surveillance activities: for two years the two authors tracked these tapes and listened to hundreds of thousands of recordings. “When FM Einheit and I heard about the existence of this gigantic acoustic archive, it was clear to us that it would make ideal material for a radio play”, Ammer writes in the booklet. The result is pure goose bumps.

Excerpts from the Stasi recordings are assembled without any comment, merely expanded to include a musical level. A panorama of meanness unfolds. A man tells his former daughter-in-law that she has plans to escape and that she wants to take the grandchild with her. He and his wife still have a whole week’s vacation, so the Stasi can come over and discuss details. Another calls from West Germany and blacks out the East German relatives.

It is about large sums of money that are supposed to be illegally brought across the border, porn collections, “” forbidden literature “”. The Stasi at the other end of the line always wants to know exactly who they are talking to. But even the informers are hesitant to divulge their own identity.

No matter how much the OvD, the duty officer, flattered: “” I can treat all of this confidentially. “” A telephone number for the State Security is not given either, you are already talking to the security organs. The “” subscriber “”, as every caller is called, should speak now. Occasionally the whole situation turns into a farce, for example when an employee of the telecommunications office in Frankfurt am Main wants to put through a call from Canada. There just needs to be someone who speaks English or French. But the Stasi-OvD has to fit. He squirms over this admission, while the telecommunications woman from the Federal Republic of Germany on the other end of the line would just like to help her caller. The Stasi is far from happy about every caller.

The man who wants to give his opinion on the Berlin Wall to the Permanent Mission of the GDR is just annoying. The Stasi man reacts taciturnly to the sentence: “” This is so heartbreaking shit. “” The employees of Listen and Look are downright reluctant when an apparently well-known caller answers again. “” Something has emerged here that I absolutely have to tell the minister about. “” It is about charges “” on behalf of the entire German people “” that have already reached US President Ronald Reagan and CPSU chief Mikhail Gorbachev. The list of the woman becomes endless, the Stasi man looks for a way to end the conversation, but the woman’s torrent of speech cannot be stopped. The phone call from a man who sees himself as a saboteur is exciting.

As long as he is on the line, no one else can speak to the Stasi. The risk also has a certain thrill: “” Hopefully the tape is playing, you beginners! “” More often, however, one catches breath. Especially during the interrogations, the Stasi people leave no doubt that they feel all powerful. “” You won’t get out of here, “says one. “” We’ll show you what you’ve done, “” another. There is no presumption of innocence in these inquisitorial interrogations.

 The clatter of the typewriter is mixed with not so subtle threats. The question arises as to whether innocent people are also convicted in the GDR. In the hour-long questioning, the uncertainty increases, while the interrogators repeatedly reel off their prescribed procedure. At some point despair breaks out, tears flow. This is the moment when people are broken and biographies are destroyed. Andreas Ammer and FM Einheit “heard” these recordings “with pain”, and the listener feels the same way now.

The German reality, which was not so long ago, unfolds an oppressive force. As unresponsive as the media were, on which suffering and wickedness were stored in equal measure, one cannot avoid it while listening. And so there is also a feeling of satisfaction when, in the last few minutes, Stasi employees describe how demonstrators gather in front of the headquarters in Berlin’s Normannenstrasse and you know: this is the end. Source: “Now is the moment to shine with out-of-the-way knowledge (Photo: imago / Westend61) Do you know the English name for the flea waltz or the paradox of the millet grain?

If so: Nobody likes smart asses! If not: Bjarne Mädel explains, names 39 names for snow or how best to count sand. Boring?

A matter of opinion! Well, you have clicked on this text before. That lets you see deeply. Either you really belong to the smartass and know-it-alls of this world who are simply looking for confirmation as to whether they really know the paradox of the millet grain. The fact that the flea waltz is called chop sticks in English could have been picked up or heard from somewhere – maybe even when reading “” Well then, good night: The most boring audio book in the world “” Not only do the title “” The world’s most boring audio book “” make you wonder, after all, everyone feels bored differently. Some watch trash TV programs and fall asleep, others do it at soccer games of the German national team or Bayern – regardless of the opponent – and still others read the leaflet on headache pills or the SPD party organ “” Vorwärts “”.

In other words: Everyone thinks differently and feels differently. But so be it.Bjarne Mädel: serious actor, with a penchant for comedy. (Photo: picture alliance / dpa) What you should really stumble over is the fact that “” Well, good night “” is on the account of a professor and a doctor goes: Prof. K. McCoy and Dr. Hardwick.

Because let’s be honest: If something is irrevocable in this world, it is the fact that neither professors nor doctors have a sense of humor. At least not one that is understandable for normal consumers. According to the motto: Two elephants fly through the air. One of them says: Let me in the middle! Did you laugh?

Caught. Off to a psychiatrist’s couch. Or stop. Even better: this audio book is perfect for you!

2 hours and 45 minutes, packed full of knowledge that seems useless at first glance. But at second glance you get almost three hours of pure boasting! After listening, you will be the star of any party – you will shine! For example, you might be around the corner with some sports stats that really nobody but you know about. For example, that Norway scored 67 goals at the men’s handball world championship in 1958.

Bam! N / A? A challenging look at the group of fascinated listening and cocktails sipping party guests – and you are sure of silent admiration. You could also simply lecture 37 names for snow. Or about the genesis of the roundabouts so popular with everyone and casually dropping it, as if it only affects you peripherally, that there was the first roundabout in modern style in Görlitz.

1899! But of course it can be even more intellectual as well as smug: Just look unabashedly into the party crowd, sip on the shaken and not stirred Martini and ask: What is the difference between white and Gaussian noise? You are assured of undivided attention. And when the knowing words flow out of your mouth like a babbling little mountain stream: The answer lies somewhere between random signals and normal vectors – well, then you can no more save yourself from the women’s hearts flying towards you than from the intimidated looks of envious men.

Betting? It depends on a self-experiment. “” Well then, good night “” – intentionally read by Bjarne Mädel (“” Stromberg “”, “” The crime scene cleaner “”) – provides the perfect tools. Well, this audio book is not suitable for side listening. You have to open up to it and invest time.

Listening twice or three times in a row is definitely an advantage. Does that sound like boredom? Yes? No?

Yes and no. Find out. And if you ever sit at Günther Jauch’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” “And the one million euro question concerns” Caesar encryption “, you can laugh to yourself, one more Hold a little small talk about sleep in its historical perspective, then give the right answer and travel home as a millionaire. Fortunately, Jauch didn’t want to know anything about the millet grain paradox. Source: “Ernaux is erecting a monument to her father. (Photo: imago / Leemage) Why did Annie Ernaux and her father have nothing more to say to each other at some point? In” “Der In the 3rd place, the grande dame of autofiction looks back on her proletarian origins, writes about happiness in life, a feeling of inferiority and words that limit a world.

That can now also be heard. When her father died in 1967, Annie Ernaux was 27 years old and had just been appointed as a teacher. She decides to write a novel: “” I wanted to say everything, to write about my father, about his life and about the distance that developed between him and me in my youth. A class distance that is also very personal and has no name. A kind of distant love “”. But while writing she overcomes “” a feeling of disgust “”, the novel project fails. “” In order to reproduce a life that was subject to necessity, I must not resort to the means of art, says Ernaux.

She opts for a factual tone, “” no memory poetry “”. And so she soberly collects facts, describes photographs and calls back the gestures, words and behavior of her father. Will be 80 years old on September 1st: Annie Ernaux. (Photo: imago images / Future Image) The result is “” Der Place “” from which the passages quoted above originate. The book was published in France in 1983 and attracted a lot of attention there.

It is one of the first works in which the writer tells of her own origins and the crossing of class boundaries. In France, Ernaux, who celebrates her 80th birthday on September 1st, has since been considered the grande dame of auto fiction.

She herself prefers the term “” autosociobiography “” and with this genre became a model for authors like Didier Eribon (“” Return to Reims “”) and Édouard Louis (“” The end of Eddy “”). The reading public in Germany discovered Ernaux with a long delay. In 2017 “” Die Jahre “” from 2008, a combination of individually experienced with collective experiences, electrified the local literary scene. Subsequently, more of Ernaux’s autosociobiographical works appeared in German at Suhrkamp-Verlag. “” Der Platz “” was published there in 2019 in a new translation by Sonja Finck. The book forms the basis for a radio play published this summer that harmoniously implements this literary memorial for the father. Ernaux’s father’s key data are quickly summarized: he was born around the turn of the century.

At the age of 12 he left school and worked as a farmhand. After completing his military service, he found jobs in factories, first in a rope mill and later in an oil refinery. He then ran a general store with Ernaux’s mother in Yvetot, a town of 12,000 inhabitants in Normandy. With the rise from worker to shop owner, the father had achieved his little happiness in life, he wanted to “” keep his place “” .

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