|Deutsch-Südwest-Afrika : seine wirtschaftliche Erschliessung / Theodor Rehbock. Berlin. 1898|
Theodor Rehbock was born in 1864 at Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He was a hydraulic engineer and Professor at the Technische Hochschule (Technical University) in Karlsruhe. He was on a consultancy trip to Namibia from 1896 to 1897. He travelled widely, especially in southern Namibia. Many later dam projects in Namibia can be traced back to his recommendations, laid down in a substantial published report, "Deutsch-Südwestafrika, seine wirtschaftliche Erschliessung unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Nutzbarmachung des Wassers".
Rehbock was also an excellent photographer. Among his photographs of Nama people, published in a volume "Deutsch-Südwestafrika: 96 Lichtdrucke...", are outstanding examples of sensitive portraiture free from the racist attitude which characterised so much of contemporary colonial photography. He died in 1950. http://www.klausdierks.com