Thursday, April 01, 2010
The conductor without a shadow
'Secrets behind the baton' (Geheimnisse hinter dem Taktstock) is the headline on this German website claiming to feature 'sensational' photos of conductor Herbert von Karajan. A German reader reports that http://www.derleiterohneeinenschateen.de/ (The conductor without a shadow) appeared online earlier this week to coincide with the start of the Salzburg Easter Festival but was removed after less than twenty-four hours following threats of legal action.
It appears the candid photos were intended for a documentary on Karajan that was abandoned during the early stages of production in the 1980s. The material came to light recently when the archives of an insolvent Berlin based video company were being cleared. Reports in the German press suggest that further legal action is being pursued in London, which has some of the strictest privacy laws in the world.
Thanks go to reader Gerd Heidemann for the heads up on this story and the featured screengrab. The secrets of Karajan's personal photographer are uncovered here.
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