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Formula 1: The Roaring 70s (English, German, French, Spanish and Italian Edition) Hardcover – November 15, 2011
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"an hommage to an unforgettable epoch of the Formula 1 motorsports." ~Street Magazine
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I love this book almost as much as Schlegelmilch's first book on the 1960's, The Golden Age of Formula 1, (The Golden Age of Formula 1). The contrast is incredible between these two books. The 1960's book was almost all black and white, the 70's all color. The 60's focused on the gorgeous cars and the courage of the drivers. The 70's book is more about the spectacle and grand view of the races and the lovely female entourage that showed up around the drivers. Where there were virtually no sponsors in the 60's, the 70's was all about the growing corporate sponsors and their effect on the sport.
Schlegelmilch's technique with the camera changed and how he saw the racing world around him. In the 60's the photographs are almost all perfectly tack sharp and grain free. In the 70's he begins to experiment with faster shooting, more grain, blurring of the race cars, and, a technique I don't care much for, the zoom lens or twisted camera blur (sadly this technique caught on and is still around auto racing). Schlegelmilch is without question a master photographer. It appears that during the 70's he has taken thousands of photographs at hundreds of races. The choices he makes for this book are remarkable.
The book tells a wonderful story of how much the cars changed during the 70's. The photographs are presented in mostly chronological order. In the early 70's experimental strange looking wings have grown on the front and rear of those beautiful clean 60's machines.Read more ›
"Formula 1: The Roaring '70s" has a harder task. The elegant almost-cylindrical shaped cars of the prior decade had given way to aerodynamically enhanced machines plastered with corporate sponsors. The captions throughout make mention of these changes, lamenting the end of private entrants. And the elegant drivers of the earlier years had given way to big hair, bushy sideburns and ridiculous glasses (see Jackie Stewart). On the positive side, there was arguably more sport and less spectacle as F1 had begun to introduce safety features that acknowledged that real men were piloting the cars.
But as for the book, it's a beautifully produced, 200+ page work, aided immeasurably by the author's vast knowledge of his subject. Schlegelmilch is obviously a gifted photographer, but not one who randomly happened to wander into a rich location -- he captures the grit and subplots of F1, with a nice focus on personalities: Lotus boss Colin Chapman at work, for example, and especially Jochen and Nina Rindt. The sport is bigger than the machines -- personalities and locations are a huge part of it, and are portrayed nicely. There are many photos of wives and girlfriends throughout (not complaining, just being diligent here...) You do get the sense that Schlegelmilch cares about the people who are part of the F1 panorama, and that adds a nice dimension to his work.Read more ›
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its great if you read german, the pictures are subtitled in english , the entire text is german. to its reprieve the pictures are gorgeous, its a true story in photosPublished 18 months ago by speedfreak