The Rolla Collection: Photography and Rolla.info

Following is part two of my interview with Phil Rolla, this time discussing his passion for photography and the creation of the museum dedicated to the art form, Rolla.info, just down the hill from him home in Bruzella, Switzerland.  Rolla.info, housed in a former kindergarten, is currently featuring the work Ruth Hallensleben.  She was a professional photographer who had worked for industrial concerns known to have built up the German war machine in the ’30s.  She shot factories, coal buckets and even wallpaper for corporate catalogs.  However, unlike Leni Riefenstahl, another prominent female German artist and filmmaker from the era, that is where her affiliation with National Socialism ended.  Phil was kind enough to take me on a personal tour of Rolla.info and discuss at length his love affair with photography and collecting philosophy.

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