DFA#22.1 Willy Zielke - Film avant-gardist of the 1930s. Unemployed, The Steel Animal, Olympia Prologue.
Willy Zielke is an important photographer and film avant-gardist of the 1920s and 1930s in Germany. Born in Lodz in 1902, he studied at the Munich Photo School from 1923 and in 1929 became a member of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Lichtbildner, now the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie.
Zielke was an artistic multi-talent who was driven into a creative frenzy by the dynamics of the times before he was put out to pasture in the mills of Nazi psychiatry.
His biography and his work are shaped by the upheavals of the Russian Revolution, the Weimar Republic and National Socialism. They are representative of the upheavals of this time, how avant-garde aesthetics were pushed back and artists subordinated themselves to Nazi propagandist productions under pressure or through compromises they deemed necessary.
The photographer Dieter Hinrichs knew Willy Zielke well and did a lot of research on him. In conversation with Corinna Weidner, he talks about Zielke's films "Unemployed", "The Steel Animal", the prologue to Leni Riefenstahl's "Olympia" as well as the artist's autobiographical notes.