If you’re anything like me, surely you have wondered at some point: ”Who is the german equivalent of Don Draper?” The answer to that question is Charles Paul Wilp. Although compared to the fictional Draper, Wilp also had a stroke of Andy Warhol to his persona.
A student of Man Ray, and proclaimed by Yves Klein to be the ”Prince of Space”, Wilps career intersected with those of Donna Summer, Marianne Faithful, Marsha Hunt, Amanda Lear and…umm..Miss Piggy (whom he interviewed and photographed for German Magazine POP/Rocky.) The other three mentioned all worked with Wilp on his groundbreaking commercials for German soft drink Afri Cola. Filmed through blocks of ice, and branded with the slogan ”Super-sexy-mini-flower-pop-op-cola – alles ist in Afri-Cola” , these commercials from 1968, skirt the line between great advertising and pure pop art. The cola still exists, and is widely popular in Germany, so most likely they did the trick!