June 16, 2008

john heartfield

john heartfield was a pioneer of photomontages. the images he created are laden with symbolism & political messages, especially anti-hitler, anti-nazi messages. i love how he used his art to try to raise awareness, he made his art stand for something. "if you don't stand for something you will fall for anything." unlike the majority of the german population, heartfield did not fall for hitler. instead he stood & stood strong against the wave of fascism that swept the country. even if you stripped the political messages from heartfield's the images are still compelling & revolutionary works of art.at least in my mind "niemals weider (never more/never again)" will forever be synonymous with discharge's album never again. now i understand why they chose his image for their album cover.

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