Helene Bertha Amalie “Leni” Riefenstahl (August 22, 1902 – September 8, 2003) was a German film director, actress, dancer and photographer widely noted for her aesthetics and innovations as a filmmaker. Riefenstahl's controversial prominence in Germany during WWII thwarted her film career but she went on to photograph the Nuba people in Sudan with whom she sporadically lived. Her books of photographs of the Nuba of were published in 1974 and 1976. At age 72, Riefenstahl was certified for scuba diving and pursued underwater photography. She released the film, Impressionen unter Wasser (Underwater Impressions), a documentary of life in the oceans.
In his book The Story of Film, film scholar Mark Cousins claims, “Next to Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock, Leni Riefenstahl was the most technically talented Western film maker of her era.”
This limited edition of twelve signed master photographs of, and by, Leni Riefenstahl commemorate her 100th birthday.