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Help! German Shoots Queen
I’ve always very much liked his 1987 portrait of Eleanor and Giles Robertson* in their Edinburgh home. So I was intrigued to hear that it was that photo’s very special aura of long-lived coupledom that won him the big job. And it was a big job. I mean, when they were casting around for a photographer to do a commemorative study of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip to mark sixty years on the British throne, who’d have thought that they’d choose a German! The man in question is Thomas Struth – my latest guest on Talking Germany.
DateOctober 26, 2012
Thomas Struth’s Movie Pick
Thomas leaps at it: Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. When I tell him however that my kids and I enjoy Sunday afternoons in front of the TV where we watch first the Seven Samurai and then the Magnificent Seven, I can tell: thorough disapproval. I’m standing by it, though.
DateOctober 26, 2012
Legends and rascals
He’s a veritable compendium of German history. Wounded in the Second World War, he managed to survive the privations of POW camps, not least the hunger. How? By writing an imaginary cookbook on the toilet paper provided by his captors! I was greatly moved to be able to hold this document of another man’s torment and resilience in my own hands. That man is the photographer and distinguished collector F.C. Gundlach – my latest guest on Talking Germany.
DateSeptember 2, 2012
This is how it goes: you get there at about one in the morning. You stand in line for two, maybe three hours. Then it’s time for the Gesichtskontrolle – facial scrutiny. A bright beam into your face and you’re suddenly looking deep into the eyes of the ultimate Mr. Scary. His face is a web of tattoos. His ears, nose and mouth are heavily pierced. He’s half Goth, half gangster. And he’s judging you. The question is: are you good enough, or are you bad enough, to get into the coolest club in Berlin, the Berghain. The club that Mr. Scary so fiercely guards in his capacity as the baddest bouncer you’re ever likely to meet. He’s Sven Marquardt, my latest guest on Talking Germany, and I know that I must look deep into those eyes. And not flinch.
DateJuly 2, 2012