Leni Riefenstahl in Africa

Limited edition of 2,500 copies

"If Leni Riefenstahl had done nothing but visit Africa and bring back her photographs, her place in history would be secure." - Kevin Brownlow, from the introduction

Published in 2002 on the occasion of her 100th birthday, this book brings together Leni Riefenstahl's astonishing Africa portfolio. The first female film director to attract international acclaim, Riefenstahl began frequent trips to Africa in her early sixties, where she worked on various film and photography projects. Her favorite destination was Sudan, where she immersed herself in the Nuba tribe, learning their customs and their language.

As warm and welcoming people, the Nuba offered Riefenstahl some escape from her past as a protege of the Third Reich. She would later recall her experiences in Africa as the happiest moments in her life. This monumental book gathers her images of the Nuba, as well as of the Dinka, Shilluk, and Masai tribes into a deeply evocative publication, capturing not only the beauty, expression and age-old customs of the Nuba, but also Riefentahl's profound respect and love for these people and their land.
 
  • XXL-Format: 34.5 x 50 cm (13.4 x 19.7 in.)
  • Limited edition of 2,500 copies worldwide, each numbered and signed by Leni Riefenstahl
  • Interview by Kevin Brownlow
  • Extensive bibliography and biography section
  • All color illustrations are color-separated and reproduced in Aniva, the finest reproduction technique available today, which provides unequalled intensity and color range. The duotone illustrations are made with Novatone, a special treatment for black and white images that produces exquisite tonal range and density.
The editor:
Angelika Taschen studied art history and German literature in Heidelberg, gaining her doctorate in 1986. Working for TASCHEN from 1987 to 2010, she has published numerous titles on art, architecture, photography, design, travel, and lifestyle.
Leni Riefenstahl. Africa (Collector's Edition)

Leni Riefenstahl. Africa

Angelika Taschen
Hardcover in box, 13.6 x 19.7 in., 564 pages
$ 4,500
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
Availability: In Stock
  • Reviews
“A big‚ black Mercedez-Benz of a book…Ideology aside‚ the pictures are hard to resist‚ combining all the voyeuristic pleasures of National Geographic-style anthropology with an unequivocal appreciation of the innate grace and symmetry of the human form.”
— V Magazine, Los Angeles, United States