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Friday, April 21, 2006

The Klemantaski Collection

Louis Klemantaski, The Junior Car Club Meeting; Brooklands, May 6, 1939

This month's issue of Motor Trend Classic has a feature on a photographer named Louis Klemantaski, and references a website. The site, called The Klemantaski Collection, turns out to feature a number of different old-time racing photographers, and has prints for sale. Good stuff if you happen to like old cars and don't mind the fact that they didn't have much in the way of telephoto lenses back then. The great shot above is (aptly) captioned "Norman Wilson showing great intensity with his E.R.A. on the Mountain Circuit," and then adds, somewhat alarmingly, "Note the complete absence of any safety equipment."

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work part time for the lab that does the printing for the Klemantaski Collection. The shots are really great, If you are a fan of vintage sports cars or motor sports, you should check it out. I am also impressed with the quality of those old films, too. We have been able to make some really nice prints without jumping through hoops. The lab is Artisan Photo Lab, dedicated to high quality silver printing, RC and fiber base. www.artisanphotolab.com

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Zach Matthews said...

There are many photography sites on the web; some very good. Most focus on the technical, or the upcoming. Even the best are generally hampered by the artist's chief fear - illegal copying - so we rarely see the really important stuff: the images. Your site is simply amazing, not just for the quality of the advice and the breadth of topic, but also for the writing . As a writer who took up photography out of need, and who has since become successful at both, I want to extend my congratulations and my appreciation. I enjoy my time on your site more than on any other photography hub. Thank you.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Pancho said...

Thanks for pointing me to this collection. I was proud to note that there are some images of Chaparrals. I live in Midland Texas, home of Chaparral Racing and am friends with the folks there...and have a goodly collection of Chaparral photos myself. Chaparrals

11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike, I agree with Zach. Keep up the good work.

D.

12:12 AM  
Anonymous Antony Shepherd said...

That's a wonderful record of the days when racing drivers really hung their lives out on the line with nothing but a crash helmet, a pair of goggles, and a bunch of hay bales by the side of the road as safety equipment.
Marvellous stuff!

4:13 AM  

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