| VICTORIA SCHULTZ FILM MAKER AND PHOTOGRAPHER
VICTORIA SCHULTZ FILM MAKER AND PHOTOGRAPHER
Victoria Schultz, fine art and documentary photographer, known today for coverage of Occupy Wall Street. Her films range from the Nicaraguan revolution and Zapatista uprising to films for the United Nations on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and the Kosovo conflict. On a lighter, enigmatic note are her fine art photo stories.
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Helsinki, Finland is my place of birth. I grew up there attending a school run by nuns from St. Louis, Missouri. I received a master’s degree in languages from the University of Helsinki. On a scholarship, I obtained another master’s at the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York with emphasis on film production and photography−and social rebellion. After all, the year was 1968.
In the seventies I was a roving correspondent for the Finnish radio and television in the US and Latin America. As a photojournalist and documentary filmmaker I covered the Nicaraguan revolution and made Women in Arms, a film on the exceptional role of women in it.
In the eighties I joined the United Nations as a film director. Much to my surprise, I specialized in disarmament issues, mainly the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. My long documentaries were shown worldwide, as were my reports for CNN from post-war Kosovo where I was a senior TV-producer with the UN mission. After the UN, in the 2000s I went into still photography full-time.
Today the distance of years allows me to transform my life experiences into staged but true film and photography. After several years of making serial photos I have returned to making moving pictures -- my first narrative dramatic films MEMORIES OF DESIRE will be completed in February 2019. Currently I am based in Paris and New York’s West Village.
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