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Semiotics of the Kitchen (excerpt), by Martha Rosler

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[Heinz Riefenstahl, Dr. Ebersberg, Leni Riefenstahl, Adolf Hitler, and Ilse Riefenstahl (Wife of Heinz) Visiting Leni Riefenstahl's New Villa in Dahlem, Berlin]

Unknown (German)

Date:
1937, printed later
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 17 x 22.8 cm (6 11/16 x 9 in.) Frame: 45.7 x 63.5 cm (18 x 25 in.) (Framed with FI.34.1)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Süddeutsche Zeitung Photo/Scherl, Munich
  • Description

    In June 1937 Adolf Hitler and his propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, visited the filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl at her villa in Berlin, probably to lend public support to Olympia, her film of the 1936 Summer Games. Hitler’s longtime personal photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann, shot photographs of the summit, and the resulting prints were distributed worldwide. In one print from the series, later dis-covered in Hoffmann’s archives, Goebbels has been carefully retouched out of the picture. German authorities may have felt that his appearance in Riefenstahl’s home would feed rumors that he and the filmmaker were having an affair. Or perhaps the newspaper for which this print was intended wished to show Riefenstahl and her family in Hitler’s company alone.

  • Provenance

    Per history of owership section, the Süddeutsche Zeitung bought this photograph from the publishing house Scherl in the 1940s/1950s. They specifically state: "It's from Heinrich Hofmann and purchased with the Scherl compilation." This is not the original photograph, it's only a copy.
    The image is managed by the Mary Evans Picture Library, which licences images for commercial use in books, newspapers, magazines, adverts, web sites and all manner of other media.On their website, this photograph's is credited to: Mary Evans / Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo.

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