Horst H. Baumann was an artist who used to work with light sculptures. His most iconic work may well be the Laserscape in Kassel (Germany), an artwork erected in 1979 and the first permanent laser sculpture in the world. As a ‘light artist’, it is a very short way to photography. After all, photography is nothing but using the light to catch images and immortalize them. Add Horst H. Baumanns passion for motorsport to that, and you know what we are talking about. In 1965, the cooperation between American photographer Ken Purdy and Baumann had a book “The New Matadors” as a result. Even nowadays, motorsport fans consider “The New Matadors” as a cult book. Consider “Lightyears / Lichtjahre” as the sequel, another photographic masterpiece that reflects the golden era of motorsports as none before.
With his unique photographs, Horst H. Baumann puts racing in a new light. The image he conveys is bright, direct and in full colour. Sometimes he is very close to the subject. Pictures show details of stopwatches, or scoreboards and cars. Then again, he takes a distance to portray the big picture: pictures from the paddock, the pit stop or the most exciting moment of the race. Sometimes it is only the colourful veil of a racing car racing past – a rush of colour and speed. But all pictures have one thing in common : they breath his combined passion for art, for photography, for motorsport, for beauty.
Book trailer Lightyears / Lichtjahre