Wonderfully evocative imagery,
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This review is from: Automotive Photography (Hardcover)
This book is a photographic documentation of a period when Peter Coltrin combined his two loves of all things Italian and motor racing, covering the period between 1958 to the late 1960s. Photographs of the Ferrari team dominate, naturally, as Coltrin was based for much of the time at Modena, thus enabling him to capture many informal scenes of the Ferrari team during testing, but other marques, such as Maserati, Lotus and Porsche, are also represented.
The photographs are divided into thematic chapters, such as drivers, testing, racing, and so on, and are very atmospheric, capturing perfectly the drama, excitement and spirit of the age. Sports car racing is given equal exposure as Formula One, with some quite superb action shots of that classic Italian road race, the Targa Florio.
Some of the images are simply stunning - such as the way Coltrin captures Richie Ginther in the immediate aftermath of the 1961 Monaco GP, exhausted by the sheer effort required in his attempt to chase down Stirling Moss. Other priceless examples include a photo of Medardo Fantuzzi deep in thought alongside the legendary engineer, Vittorio Jano, and a striking image of Mike Hawthorn, looking pensive as he stands alongside his title-winning Ferrari Grand Prix car.
This is an excellent collection of black-and-white photographs - each one of interest in one way and another and, quite rightly, the book leaves you wanting more. Another mark of the quality of this book is that, no matter how many times one returns, it maintains its freshness as there is always something new to catch the eye.