This remarkable collection gathers Leni Riefenstahl’s images of the Nuba, Dinka, Shilluk, and Masai tribes into a Baby SUMO-sized tribute to Africa. Riefenstahl’s images narrate her travels to the continent and immersion in the culture and customs of her
“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 protégé 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 unequaled 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.
Leni Riefenstahl. Africa
Edition of 2,500
Hardcover in box, 34.5 x 50 cm, 564 pages
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German