The Extraordinary Life Of Leni Riefenstahl: Still Inspiring Hollywood & Sports Photographers 70 Years Later

…“Nobody making films today alludes to Riefenstahl.” …That was true, of course, if you discounted everything from George Lucas’s Star Wars to the Disney company’s The Lion King to every sports photographer alive…“

Leni Riefenstahl

Leni Riefenstahl was an extraordinary woman with an extraordinary career. Angelika Taschen writes about Riefenstahl:

She began as a celebrated dancer in Berlin during the early twenties, became an actress, then finally directed and produced her own films, several of which are among the most influential and most controversial in the history of film. Since the fifties she has traveled frequently to Africa and has lived for extended periods in the Sudan with the primitive Nuba tribes. Though long since a legend, she again attracted worldwide attention with her photographs of the Nuba. Then, at 71, she learned to dive and yet again turned her experiences into art with photographs of the undersea world.[1]“

This article will focus on Riefenstahl’s remarkable career and the impact her association with Adolf Hitler had on her public reputation.