In 1999, Edition Patrick Frey published The Nazis, which soon became a legendary cult book. It has long since been out of print and remains highly coveted to this day. While The Nazis showed stills of actors playing Nazis in various Hollywood movies, Polish artist Piotr Uklanksi has now juxtaposed them with the real thing: Nazi party bigwigs, decorated “war heroes” and war criminals. Painstakingly culled from many different archives, this follow-up compilation superimposes fact on fiction — the stagey, propagandistic imagery of the Third Reich on the mockup Nazi iconography of Hollywood — revealing an uncanny, even spooky, resemblance between the play-acting and real-life exponents of evil. Real Nazis, uses the same format and production values as its predecessor, and now seems an ugly reflection of the “glamorous” artist’s book The Nazis.
260 pages, 25.3 x 18.8cm, hardcover, Edition Patrick Frey (Zurich).