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samedi 26 septembre 2009

Surfmobiles et symboles de tristes mémoires...

... droit de réponse. Comme quoi, un minimum de vigilance s'impose avant de poster à tous vents.
Rappel, suite à ce post , qui comportait à l'époque l'image ci :, Georges me faisait rapidement remarqué l'ambiguïté de la pose des acteurs. Donc, marche arrière et changement d'illustration, d'ailleurs Surfwriter n'en manque pas.
Le lendemain, je reçois donc cette mise au point Robert Feigel, piqué par le commentaire de Georges :

Bonjour Stephan
- Thank you for your email about surfwriter.net.
The story behind the "Nazi salutes" in the Life magazine photo that appears in "Coastal Cruisin" is detailed in the article.
I would be grateful if you would explain the background of that photo in the context of those circumstances so that readers who don't understand English and haven't seen the photo in its original context don't jump to wrong conclusions - as already appears to be the case.
Thank you,
Bob


Voici donc les circonstances derrière l'image :
"Paul Fritz's magical milk truck on the Pacific Coast Highway- taken at Arroyo Sequit for a predictably imaginary Life Magazine article supposedly about "surfing," circa 1962 - after driving by the photographer several times, he asked us to do a Nazi salute to "make the shot more interesting." We stupidly obliged. Naturally, that was the photo Life Magazine used.

Paul Fritz is driving, that's me stupidly obliging at shotgun and the other surf nazi at the rear is Duane King. Standing in the middle beside Carol Brown, hair flying in the wind, is Ed Vaughn, who helped organize the entire shoot for Life Magazine and went on to create, produce and direct the television program, SURF CITY (hosted by Dale Davis) for KTTV Channel 11 in Los Angeles."

Version confirmée par le témoignage de Ed Vaughan :

"My friend, Paul Fritz had a classic old Ford Milk Truck that he sometimes used for surfing trips (the boards fit beautifully, but the truck could be a tad temperamental) and Paul had picked me up on his way to Malibu that day. I can't remember who asked whom, but the Life people wanted shots of some surfers tooling down PCH in the truck and we ended up driving up to Arroyo Sequit to accommodate them. The shoot itself was not fun at all. We kept driving up and down the highway while the photographer shouted instructions which we attempted to follow. It seemed to take hours. To relieve some of the boredom, I put my hand up in the air to feel it lift my hand as we drove by again. It wasn't a Nazi salute, but close enough. On the next run, the photographer asked us to do a Nazi salute as we drove by and two of us foolishly obliged. Of course, that was the shot that appeared in Life Magazine"

En résumé, une bande de jeunes inconscients manipulés par un photographe peu scrupuleux... Ceci dit, je persiste à dire que certains amnésiques/provocateurs/incultes continue inutilement à flirter avec des images et des symboles qui doivent être manipulés avec la plus grande précaution.
Je pense notamment au buzz autour du détournement de la scène de colère d' Adolf Hitler (non, pas de liens, cherchez) appliqué à toutes les sauces (séparation des frères Gallager, surftrip, etc...) et à des petites fautes de gout comme sur ce superbe variant :




1 commentaire:

  1. Merci pour cette mise dans le contexte, encore que pour moi , cette photo évoquait plutôt à une pose à la "Superman" !!!

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