Schönheit im olympischen Kampf
Call NumberRBSC 796.4809 R55s (RBSC oversize in library)
Sub-CollectionRare Books & Special Collections
Statement of ResponsibilityLeni Riefenstahl ; mit zahlreichen Aufnahmen von den Olympischen Spielen 1936.
Summary"With the German photographer Leni Riefenstahl, sports imagery rose to new aesthetic heights. Commissioned by Joseph Goebbels, she brought her considerable visual and organizational skills to bear on both the photographing and filming the 1936 Olympic Games. Although the film Olympiad has become an acknowledged classic, her book of photographs, Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf, no less spectacular in its own way, is less known. Sometimes Riefenstahl relied on poses modelled on the antique Greek ideal, faithful to Hitler's belief that modern Teutonic man was 'feeling closer to classical antiquity' than he had 'in possibly a thousand years'. But far more original were her depictions of superbly athletic bodies soaring gracefully through the air and knifing effortlessly through the water. Riefenstahl applied certain devices characteristic of the new German photography—strong diagonals, tight croppings, and bird's-eye and worm's-eye views. No longer was the camera an earthbound witness; it took to the air and the water with the athletes." —William A. Ewing, The Body
Physical Description 280 pages : chiefly illustrations, 32 cm
LanguageGerman, Captions also in English, French, Italian and Spanish.
PublisherBerlin : Im Deutschen Verlag
RecognitionGifted in 2015 by Kit Krieger