Photographer: Julia Margaret Cameron
Colette, c.1900. Photo by Harlingue-Viollet.
“My true friends always gave me this supreme proof of attachment: a spontaneous aversion to the men I loved.”
“People who are perfectly sane and happy don’t make good literature, alas.”
“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.”
ANITA BERBER 1899-1928 DANCER, ACTRESS, WRITER, L’ENFANT TERRIBLE OF THE WEIMER REPUBLIC
"Karl Toepfer places Berber in the context of her era’s attitude towards nudity, as exemplified by the German "physical culture" movement ("Nacktkultur") that elevated the nude body to a symbol of fitness and beauty. He contrasts this idealism with the alienated style in Berber’s work that he sees as an attempt to “aestheticize” her “sickness,” while also noting the considerable dance skills she employed. In Droste/Berber’s portrayals of addiction, horror, narcissism, ecstasy, and morbidity, Toepfer sees a challenge to modernity’s claim to authenticity and even a macabre mysticism.
Susan Funkenstein offers a dispassionate examination of the famous portraits of Berber created by Dix and Charlotte Berend-Corinth and the role scandal played in cultivating Berber’s persona. She views Berber’s notoriety as a performance, and the acceptance of such imagery as part of a cultural shift toward acknowledging women’s freedom of movement. From this perspective, Berber’s art is seen as a significant forerunner of contemporary performance art." — http://www.glbtq.com/arts/berber_a.html
German soldier WWI
"After the torchlight red on sweaty faces
August 16 1917 Battle of Langemarck. British soldiers in the ruins of a church
Richard Peter: Dresden after the fire bombing in February 1945