Photographer: O. Ziegler. Views of German Southwest Africa. 1907-08. 40 large-format vintage contact gelatin silver (21) and collodion paper prints (19). Each circa 17,5 x 23,5 cm. 1 with photographer's stamp, some annotated in pencil on the verso, inserted in album window mounts, bound in 2 paper albums with chord binding, annotated in ink on back/front cover.
These very interesting albums document German Southwest Africa. The views show many landscapes, villages and small towns (Swakobmund, Okahandja, Usakos, the Omaheke desert and Okawango), some office buildings, train stations, barracks, German camel calvary troops, Herero workers during construction of the Otavi railroad, as well as very rare group portraits of Hereros, including survivors after an escape through the desert of Omaheke 1905. This well-known image (illustrated) has become the symbol of the first genocide of the 20th century. People of the San tribe are also shown. One photo depicts an outdoor school with a group of Hereros under the supervision of German soldiers. - Some prints faded, some surface scuffing/soiling, some with creases, many in good to very good condition.