Mario von Bucovich Leni Riefenstahl, Age 25
Medium Vintage Gelatin SIlver Print
Photo Date 1927 Print Date 1927c
Dimensions 9 x 6.5 in. (229 x 165 mm)
Photo Country Germany
Photographer Country United States (USA)
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About This Image
Signed "Atelier Schenker" on recto. Stamp on verso gives studio name: Karl Schenker, photographer name: Mario v. Bucovich, and Berlin street address. Atelier Schenker was a well-known German portrait studio and Bucovich was a regular photographer there. It was common for only the name of the photo studio to be credited on a studio portrait, although in this case the photographer's name is also listed on the stamp found on the back of the print.
Before becoming a filmmaker and Nazi propagandist, Riefenstahl was a dancer. She turned to film and photography after sustaining an injury as a dancer.
Born in 1884 Baron Mario Von Bucovich was actually an American, who worked primarily in Germany in the 1920s and 30s, as well as traveled to France and England. His work was shown at major photography salons of the day, including the Fourth International Exhibition of Pictorial Photography at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Third International Exhibition of Pictorial Photography Seattle Camera Club, and the 15th and 16th Annual Pittsburgh Salon of Photographic Art at the Carnegie Institute.
His work is in the collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Canada.
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