"SUCH EXQUISITE, SUCH
TRANSCENDENTALLY BEAUTIFUL IMAGES OF ATHLETES" -ROTH 101
Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf [Beauty in the Olympic Games]
"What makes these pictures unique is that cameramen have never
been allowed to work so close to the athletes at any other Olympics. It
was a hard battle to obtain authorization for this from the IOC. Despite
permission being granted, there were vehement disputes with the judges
on a daily basis. One had to go to war to get the shots." -Riefenstahl
EDITION, in exceptionally fine dust jacket, of Riefenstahl's classic
monument to the athletes of the 1936 Olympics. Profusely illustrated
with 273 black-and-white photographs. With signed photograph of
"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). Roth 96.
Berlin: Deutschen Verlag, (1937). Quarto, original cloth,
original dust jacket. With picture captions in English, German, Spanish,
and French. Book
very good, dust jacket in superb condition with only a hint of edgewear.
Rare in this condition. $3200.