Schönheit im olympischen Kampf, Leni Riefenstahl, 1937

 

Dust jacket front and glasine

Dust jacket front and glasine

 

This is the third book credited with the name of Leni Riefenstahl, though most of the images were taken by others under her direction and supervision.

Schönheit im olympischen Kampf (Beauty of the Olympic Games). Like a renaissance atelier, or Andy Warhol’s Factory, we see here the work of different artists under the brand Leni Riefenstahl. This book is a combination of film frames selected by Guzzi Lantschner, shot by the various cameramen working on the famous Olympia movie directed by Leni Riefenstahl in 1936. The selection of still frames is great and the combination of double pages is very well chosen. Printing quality and layout is monumental and solid. I was lucky enough to meet and photograph Ms. Riefenstahl in 2002, and get my copies of her books signed.

Page 6 Introduction by Leni Riefenstahl.

Pages 9-60 Prologue with pictures of temples, statues and nudes photographed by Willy Zielke.

Pages 61-247 Images from the movie Olympia (still-frames from Walter Frentz, Rolf Lantin and Willy Zielke, plus photographs by Arthur Grimm, followed by 31 pages of behind-the-scenes images shot by Arthur Grimm and Rolf Lantin.

Not much original Riefenstahl, but nevertheless a very important and classic example in the history of photography books.

Published by Im Deutschen Verlag 1937, A second edition (21-32 thousand) was published the same year.

Hard cover with dust jacket, glasine and stamped slipcase

281 pages

App. 25 x 31.5cm

Cloth cover and stamped söipcase

Cloth cover and stamped söipcase

 

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Dust jacket

Dust jacket