Rudolf Franz Lehnert

Rudolf Franz Lehnert (13 July 1878 – 16 January 1948) was an Austro-Hungarian photographer, noted for producing Orientalist images.

Rudolf Franz Lehnert
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BornJuly 13, 1878 (1878-07-13)
DiedJanuary 16, 1948 (1948-01-17) (aged 69)


Lehnert was born in Gross Aupa (now Velká Úpa), in Bohemia, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire (and now part of the Czech Republic).[1]

He first travelled to Tunis in 1904, and in 1904 he again visited with his friend, and subsequent business partner, Ernst Heinrich Landrock. The pair established a photographic studio in Tunis and worked closely for more than 20 years. They later established studios in successively, Munich, Leipzig and Cairo, publishing the works as by "Lehnert & Landrock".

From the 1860s onwards photographs of people with different cultural values and sexual morality became popular for artistic and erotic reasons. According to Pascal Baetens, they border on racism and ethnocentrism.[2]

Lehnert spent the last part of his life at Redeyef, Gafza Oasis, Tunisia, where he died.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hannavy, J. (ed), Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography, Routledge, 2013, p. 1032
  2. ^ Baetens, Pascal (2007) Nude Photography, the art and the craft London: Doring Kindersley Limited, pp.14-15 (ISBN 978-0-7566-3176-5)