Leni Riefenstahl - Photographs London Wednesday, November 2, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Europe

  • Literature

    Leni Riefenstahl: Olympia, New York: St Martin's Press, 1994

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Riefenstahl utilized innovative and ground-breaking camera angles, techniques, and styles in order to create her vision of the Olympics. Her stark realism is revealed in these shots of strength and determination. The artist presents divers, swimmers, sprinters, jumpers, vaulters, and others as specimen, the ultimate practitioners of their art forms, and by these efforts, the portraits of these men and women reach a zenith of Riefenstahl’s own art.
    “Leni Riefenstahl’s visual genius is fully evident in this remarkable collection of black and white photographs. Through her lens, we view the epitome of the beauty of athleticism, the excitement of competition, and the pressure of political atmosphere. Olympia is a remarkable record of human idealism, Olympic excellence and photographic skill.”
    (Leni Riefenstahl: Olympia, New York: St Martin’s Press, 1994)

    Titles include: Vergangenheit; Der Fackelläufer; Reigen; Die Olympischen Ringe; Das Stadion; Anatol; Turmspringen; Der Einsprung; Am Schwebebalken; Glenn Morris; Der Diskuswerfer; Schatten; Vor Dem Wind; Basketballspieler; Das Feuer


Olympia Album

Berlin, Camera Work, 1998. Fifteen gelatin silver prints, each mounted.
Each approximately 28 x 21 cm (11 x 8 1/4 in) or the reverse.
Each signed and titled in pencil on the album page. One print per page with linen covers. Numbered 7/10 in pencil on the colophon. Index page. Contained in a black linen case.

£30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for £37,250


3 November 2011