What an interesting weekend. Apart from all the vodka and Goulash I visited several museums in Krakow, Poland. Not least Oskar Schindler’s factory.
I arrived in Krakow on Friday morning with a few traveling mates. Including Yu Kung art director at BBH in Shanghai. Yu and I have travelled together a few times now and have a little photographic competition each time. Over the years we have built up a rather unique and interesting catalogue. For a laugh we sometimes make silly short films or adverts. Yu behind the camera and me infront. My alter ego is a character named Magma.A male model… Think Zoolander… Great fun and very tongue in cheek.
This time however the photography and footage was much more sober and serious. Taking photos of the museums at Auschwitz did not feel right somehow. It is a wonderfully shocking and disturbing place. Very saddening that human beings can treat others with such contempt and hatred, fuelling violence and mass murder.
I decided the to take photos on my iPhone and only of typographic things. I felt this would be memorable and not too graphic.
At Schindler s factory there was a very good exhibition of the history of the Polish invasion. The Nazi symbolism. The Nazi plan. The Nazi branding. And of course the Nazi typographic styling. Blackletter lettering and type is still very much owned by the Nazi party and the war. All the propaganda, everything was straight from the Nazi brand guideline, including the silly walk and salute. I think this alone shows the mind boggling thought and plans that went into it all. I’ve never seen anything like it. A truly mad and very sad time in human history.
Peace Out people!