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The "Formula 1 Passion" exhibition consisting of 150 most important photographs taken by the expert German photographer Rainer W. Schlegelmilch over 44 years, reflects the important moments from the history of Formula 1 and the preparations of the legendary pilots and their teams, race cars, the technology that renders Formula 1 unique, the enthusiasm and emotions of the audience and striking moments of on the track.
The "Formula 1 Passion" exhibition to be held at the contemporary art center Siemens Sanat consists of 17 sections, each representing one of the elements that render Formula 1 so attractive throughout the world. The sections with various themes such as rivalries, aerodynamics, a multicultural gathering, man and machine, fire and comedy demonstrate their subjects by reflecting each aspect in a wide spectrum of time. The stories of each theme will be told by Anno Hecker, the motorsports editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany's biggest daily newspapers. Motorsport lovers and artlovers will have the opportunity to have in-depth information about the stories, race legends, cars, teams, the emotions within a race, the fans and the unique F1 technology immortalized by Schlegelmilch with breath taking photographs.
The platform consisting of technology, innovation and competition have kept Siemens and Formula 1 together since 1998. Siemens has completed all electrical, electronics and technology infrastructure of the Istanbul Park F1 racetrack. The company is also A Technology Partner of Team McLaren Mercedes. The opening of the exhibition, where also the photographs of the McLaren Mercedes team were exhibited, was attended by McLaren's famous Colombian pilot Juan Pablo Montoya.
The exhibition containing the photographs reflecting the enthusiam of Formula 1, where strong engines reaching up to 300 km/h in a few seconds, can be visited from August 17 to October 7, 2005.
The first race photographs taken in 1962 by Rainer W. Schlegelmilch were for his final project while he was studying at the Bavarian School of Photography. Within eighteen months, he opened his own photographic studio in Frankfurt. However, the races have always been the most important part of his works. His early black-white photographs were published in many major motor sports magazines. After 1974, he entirely focused on F1 races. More than 20 works of Schlegelmilch, providing him a world-wide fame, have been published since 1990. Today, Schlegelmilch's archive consists of 15 thousand black/white and more than 300 thousand color photographs. Rainer W. Schlegelmilch started to use digital cameras since 2005 to meet the increasing arising from technological developments. Despite 450 races he witnessed so far, he keeps on pursuing his never ending journey for a better photograph with the same ambition as his first day.
Anno Hacker was born in August 2, 1964 and started to work as a journalist in 1985. The works he produced when he was a student of sport science and history at Cologne University were published in the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and the national radio station Deutschlandfunk. After he graduated from university, he started to work for the Deutscher Depeschen Dienst news agency as a trainee. Hecker has been working as an F1 editor and reporter for the German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung since 1991. His first F1 experience was as a reporter in the summer of 1991 and he has been reporting on F1 ever since.