Ruth Dammann (1911-1995) was a German photographer who, with her husband Ernst Dammann, a linguist and theologist, conducted an extended research trip to Namibia to record African languages and orality. Dammann photographed intensively, using her camera as a personal visual diary. The research trip took place in the context of South African controlled, racist, apartheid, and reserve policies which the Dammann couple (with a personal history as Nazi-supporters) supported sternly. The Dammann Archives are housed at the Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Namibia Resource Centre & Southern Africa Library in Switzerland. The Visual History Lab (VHL), a student initiative at the University of Basel, in collaboration with the Museums Association of Namibia, has recently launched the website https://namibia1953.com/ to open the Dammann archives and its African biographies to a broader public.