Sepp Allgeier

Josef “Sepp” Allgeier (6 February 1895 – 11 March 1968) was a German cinematographer who worked on around fifty features, documentaries and short films. He began his career as a cameraman in 1911 for the Expreß Film Co. of Freiburg. In 1913 he filmed newsreels in the Balkans.[1] He then became an assistant to Arnold Fanck, a leading director of Mountain films. He worked frequently with Luis Trenker and Leni Riefenstahl, both closely associated with the genre. He was Riefenstahl's lead cameraman on her 1935 propaganda film Triumph of the Will. During the Second World War, Allgeier filmed material for newsreels. He later worked in West German television.[2] His son is the cinematographer Hans-Jörg Allgeier.

Sepp Allgeier
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Allgeier during an UFA expedition to Spitzbergen and Greenland. The shooting resulted in the silent movie Milak, der Grönlandjäger
Born6 February 1895
Died11 March 1968(1968-03-11) (aged 73)
Freiburg im Breisgau, West Germany
Years active1911–1951

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  1. ^ Dittrich, Wolfgang (1998) Facts and fragments for Freiburg Film Production History 1901-1918
  2. ^ Reimer & Reimer p.39


  • Allgeier, Sepp (1931) Die Jagd nach dem Bild; 18 Jahre als Kameramann in Arktis und Hochgebirge Stuttgart: J. Engelhorns nachf. OCLC 9001961
  • von Savigny, Brigitte; Allgeier, Sepp (1999) Sepp Allgeier Fotografien eines Kamerapioniers Furtwangen DesignConcepts-Verl. ISBN 9783980705905
  • Sepp Allgeier Archetype of a Camera Man (1999) film by Sigrid Faltin
  • Klien, Arno (2004) “Sepp Allgeier and the First High Mountain Movie” in 3rd FIS Ski History Conference at Winter! Sport! Museum! Mürzzuschlag, Austria pg 11
  • Von Moltke, Johannes (2005) No Place Like Home: Locations of Heimat in German Cinema University of California Press ISBN 9780520244115 pg 45
  • Masia, Seth (September 2006) "Moving Pictures" Skiing Heritage Journal Vol 18 #3:37
  • Allen, E. John B. (2007) The Culture and Sport of Skiing: From Antiquity to World War II Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press ISBN 978-1558496002 pg 262
  • Reimer, Robert Charles & Reimer, Carol J. (2010) The A to Z of German Cinema Rowman & Littlefield

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