Exhibitions/ Art Object

[Heinz Riefenstahl, Dr. Ebersberg, Leni Riefenstahl, Adolf Hitler, Josef Goebbels, and Ilse Riefenstahl (Wife of Heinz) Visiting Leni Riefenstahl's New Villa in Dahlem, Berlin]

Unknown (German)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 17 x 22.8 cm (6 11/16 x 9 in.)
Frame: 45.7 x 63.5 cm (18 x 25 in.) (Framed with FI.34.2)
Credit Line:
Süddeutsche Zeitung Photo/Scherl, Munich
Not on view
In June 1937 Adolf Hitler and his propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, visited the filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl at her villa in Berlin, probably to lend public support to Olympia, her film of the 1936 Summer Games. Hitler’s longtime personal photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann, shot photographs of the summit, and the resulting prints were distributed worldwide. In one print from the series, later discovered in Hoffmann’s archives, Goebbels has been carefully retouched out of the picture. German authorities may have felt that his appearance in Riefenstahl’s home would feed rumors that he and the filmmaker were having an affair. Or perhaps the newspaper for which this print was intended wished to show Riefenstahl and her family in Hitler’s company alone.
Per history of owership section, the Süddeutsche Zeitung bought this photograph from the publishing house Scherl in the 1940s/1950s. They specifically state: "It's from Heinrich Hofmann and purchased with the Scherl compilation."

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Fineman, Mia. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 67, pp. 92, 226.