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1936 OLYMPICS Self Portrait By LENI RIEFENSTAHL Vintage Original Print
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Type: Photographs Event: Berlin 1936
Sport: Summer Olympics Period: 1930s

1936 OLYMPICS Self Portrait By LENI RIEFENSTAHL Vintage Original Print

1936 OLYMPICS Self Portrait By LENI RIEFENSTAHL Vintage Original Print

Print Specifications:
Leni Riefenstahl
Date Of Negative: 

Type Of Print: 
Vintage Photogravure (Etched plate made from the original negative/film frame - authorized by Leni Riefenstahl)
Date Of Print: 
Original Issue: 
Bound sheet fed photo gravure compilation
Paper:  Soft medium weight rag type, matte finish
Print Origin: 
Print/Plate Maker:  Duetchen Verlag, Berlin , Germany
Approximate Size:
5.5 x 7.5 inches (not including print border)
Print Border: 
Yes - small surrounding border, professionally trimmed.
Condition Grade: 
gravure printing on reverse side
Certificate Of Authenticity (COA): 

This is an authentic (NOT a modern reprint) vintage circa 1936/37 photogravure by the famous and controversial cinematographer/photographer Leni Riefenstahl. Photographically, Riefenstahl was renown for the artistry and atmosphere she infused into her imagery. This image was created at the height of Riefenstahl's career and fame during her award winning cinematic/photographic production of the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. This candid image shows Leni Riefenstahl and her production guide for the Olympic boating events, German Naval Commander Hauck, inspecting the course for the sailing regatta at Kiel
. The picture was made by Riefenstahl's camera crew, one of whom had the sole task of photographing her every move during the production. Historic in several regards, this vintage gravure print is from a rare bound photogravure printing of Riefenstahl images published by Deutschen Verlag in Germany in 1937, just after the Olympic Games and one year before the release of her controversial, internationally acclaimed film "Olympia" in 1938.

LENI RIEFENSTAHL was born in Berlin in 1902. She studied painting and started her artistic career as a dancer. Soon after she became involved in motion pictures first as an actress and then as a director/filmmaker. She was and is compared with the greatest film artists in history but, her life and career have been overshadowed by her associations with Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich in Nazi Germany. Her film artistry reached its zenith with the 1936 Olympic Games documentary entitled "Olympia". This now legendary film won huge international and critical acclaim including the gold medal in Paris in 1937, first place in Venice as the world's best film in 1938, the Olympic Award by the IOC in 1939, and in 1956 it had been classified as one of the world's best ten films. To this day "Olympia" is arguably considered to be the best sport/athletics documentary film ever made.

Although after the war Riefenstahl was found innocent of any war crimes, she was essentially blackballed for much of her life and it wasn't until the 1960's when the international public began to accept her back into the artistic world with her photographic studies of the Nuba tribe in Africa. While her African Nuba work received critical applause and acceptance, she never again approached the levels of artistic greatness she achieved with Olympia. Apart from her controversial role in the Third Reich, Riefenstahl is renowned in film history for developing new aesthetics in her film and photographic work, especially in relation to the nude form. Her photographic expressions of the unclothed body are mesmerizing, groundbreaking and often cited by many other significant filmmakers, photographers and critics of the visual arts. Her atmospheric imagery has influenced countless beneficiaries from James Bond movie title sequences to the photographic romanticizing of the modern athlete. Leni Riefenstahl died in 2003 in Germany at the age of 101.

This photogravure is guaranteed to be authentic and comes with a CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY (COA). Under magnification this plate shows a beautiful tight "honeycomb", excellent pressing of ink and a wide range of tone - all indicative of a high quality sheet fed gravure print.

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