Book of the Week

Mit Inge Fotos Feltrinelli

die Welt erobern / to conquer the World

by Inge Feltrinelli

”Awful! What a catastrophe! Stop taking pictures of ships in the harbour.

You have to photograph people.”

 

 

 Wednesday  12th March, 2014  at 6 pm 

Booksigning with Inge Feltrinelli at the Galleria Calleria Sozzani

 

 

On the cover of this lavish book, a beautiful young Inge Feltrinelli smiles with Ernest Hemingway, while holding a giant swordfish. This is the first of many engaging images taken of, as well as by, this surprising young woman with a huge appetite for life who globe trotted with her camera during the middle of the 20th century.

“I grew up in the post-war period, hungry to see the world. That is why I moved from Göttingen to Hamburg in 1950. I learnt the basics of photography, and as I was quite smart-looking, I could earn a little bit of money working as a model. When I drove my bike through Pöseldorf, a fancy white car stopped right next to me. The driver pointed at my camera and asked whether I was a photographer. It was Hans Huffzky, the founder of the women’s magazine Constanze. When he saw my photographs, he said: ”Awful! What a catastrophe! Stop taking pictures of ships in the harbour. You have to photograph people.” Huffzky became my Professor Higgins and introduced me to the publishers Rudolf Augstein and Axel Springer. Both were still on their way up and very easy-going. In those times, it was easy to reach for the stars and conquer the world.”

From the artists and intellectuals of Europe to the glamour of Hollywood,

Inge’s camera disarmed and captured them all.

From Marc Chagall who pulled a pleasant face for her, to a happy Simone de Beauvoir, to the Hollywood actor who continued to get drunk while encouraging her to keep shooting, she snapped the talents and celebrities of her time in rich tones of black and white revealing the candid, amicable rapport she had with life.

 

Mit Inge Fotos Feltrinelli

die Welt erobern / to conquer the World

by Inge Feltrinelli

Steidl publisher, 2013

24,5 x 33,5 cm, pp. 280, € 42

German edition

on sale at Galleria Carla Sozzani Bookshop

Posted on: Saturday, March 1st, 2014

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