Rainer W. Schlegelmilch became world famous with his ‘zoom shots’. The F1 photographer’s signed book ‘Porsche Racing Moments’ is now out.
Call Rainer W. Schlegelmilch the chronicler of motorsport. Ever since the German photographer documented the ‘Nürburgring 1000 Kilometers’ as a graduation project in 1962, he lost his heart to screeching tires and screeching engines. He grew into an icon and even developed a signature photo: his so-called ‘zoom shot’ with a long shutter speed in which only one object is in focus (usually the racing helmet) and the rest ‘coloured speed’, as he calls it. You feel the speed when you look at the image.
Publisher Taschen honors the photographer, now in his eighties, with a publication in its XXL series. As the title suggests, only images featuring Porsches were selected for the signed book ‘Porsche Racing Moments’. Almost six kilograms of footage takes you back to the period between 1963 and 1988 of endurance competitions, where the racing pilots have to cover as much distance as possible in 6, 8 or 24 hours.
Schlegelmilch’s images capture not only the speed, but also the endurance of the pilots and the dirty hands of the mechanics. You can almost smell the oil.
‘Porsche Racing Moments’
| Number of pages | 356
| Weight | 5.8kg
| Price | 850 euros, incl. book stand
| Signed and numbered edition of 962 copies
| Website | taschen.com