12/07/2008

Lee Miller in Adolf Hitler's bathtub

I saw this image in an episode of Roel van broekhoven en Geert Maks's "In Europ (an episode about horrific revenge on the german's).
I googled the picture and would like to keep it on loan on this blog so that I can look at it everytime I am here. This is such a loaded image when you know it's context. This photographer Lee Miller taking a bath in the bath of the f├╝hrer. Her boots neatly in front of the bath. There are two exposures which seem to have been taken seconds after eachother.
There is the dramatic historical context. The fact that a liberal american woman reporter is sitting in the bath of a fascist leader. The venus-like statue on the table which whose movement is mirrored by Lee Miller. The small portrait of Hitler, who aparantly was so narcistic that even when he was taking a bath he needed an idealized image rather than a mirror.
This photo is endlessly fascinating....

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w9/fyamma/LeeMillersneaksabathinHitlersapartm.jpg

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