1936 Olympics Japanese Athletes Leni Riefenstahl Berlin - ORIGINAL OL1

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"Off to Training." This is an original 1937 photogravure of two Japanese Olympic athletes at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Photograph by Leni Riefenstahl. (Please note that there is printing on the reverse.)

Period Paper is offering a collection of historical images from the 1936 Olympic Games held in Berlin. These images are the work of the controversial German film director and photographer, Leni Riefenstahl (1902 - 2003). The actual border around the photogravure is larger than what is shown in the digital image and each image usually has a caption in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian, which will be included with the item when shipped. However, we wanted to show you the actual image up close and the dimensions provided next to the "Size" above indicate the size of the actual photogravure only. These original photogravures are not to be confused with the more common halftone prints. Each of these photogravures was created from an engraved plate and provides exceptional detail, contrast, warmth, and depth, making them excellent original images for framing.

The Photogravure Process. A photogravure is a photographic image produced from an engraving plate --an expensive and rarely used process today. Through the transfer of etching ink from an etched copperplate to special dampened paper run through an etching press, this process creates an image that registers an extraordinary variety of tones. This unique tonal range comes from photogravure's variable depth of etch --the shadows are etched many times deeper than the highlights unlike the halftone processes that merely vary dot size. The prints produced via this process have the subtle tones of a photograph and the art quality of a lithograph, making them extraordinarily collectible items.

CONDITION

This 74+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Photogravure; Sepia
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 7.5 x 5.75 inches; 19 x 15 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

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