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McLaren Hong Kong
A DECADE OF LIFE IN THE GRAND PRIX PIT LANE
Photography by Richard Kelley
[Hong Kong, October 21st, 2013] American photojournalist Richard Kelley, who describes himself as “a fly on the wall” in his active days in the glorious 1970-80s F1 world, is holding his first personal photo exhibition in Hong Kong titled Waiting: A Decade of Life in the Grand Prix Pit Lane from October 26th to November 7th , 2013.
Based on this Formula One photographic collection, the exhibition showcases his 12 year documentary project started 40 years ago, representing his intimate impressions of an Golden Era of intensity in Formula One that will never be witnessed again.
That timeframe, from 1972 to 1984 rapidly exploded with the greatest changes to the sport, the cars, and the technology over the shortest timespan in Grand Prix history.
From the first moment, he documented the personal and mental side of Formula One drivers trying to go quicker in spite of the yearly flood of new untested technology, the pressure to always be faster and the exploding stress, both physically and mentally, of keeping one’s seat in the midst of team politics.
His approach was to make each photograph tell a story at the “decisive moment”, when every element in the image revealed a truth about the situation or it’s aftermath. They were created in classic photojournalist style, without personal intervention or influence.
The images capture the drivers going somewhere, and the drivers who seemed to be returning; the driver’s who demonstrated total commitment, and those most at risk. He sought to capture drivers under the most intense pressure and those who seemed to thrive when others froze.
The Richard Kelley Exhibition will contain the most significant and historic 32 images of the collection; many are the only photographic record of the moment, and reveal Formula One at its most intimate.
The project, which will include a book of Richard Kelly to be published in the first quarter of 2014, is a chance for today’s Formula One aficionados to see the real intimacy and the raw human emotions of the sport in an earlier Golden Era that is gone, but still treasured.
Each image will allow them to cross the past gulf of time, to again be close and feel they are listening and witnessing brilliance, passion and commitment with some of the greatest Formula One drivers in history, all captured through the eyes of Richard Kelley.
The exhibition will be held at G/F, Shop A, Gramercy, 38 Caine Road, Central, Hong Kong. A press reception is scheduled on October 25th, 2013 with Richard Kelley available for interviews.
Waiting: A Decade of Life in the Grand Prix Pit Lane
Photography by Richard Kelley
Press reception: October 25th, 2013 (Fri)
Date: October 26th to November 7th, 2013 (Sat to Thur)
Time: From 12:00 noon to 8:00pm
Venue: G/F, Shop A, Gramercy, 38 Caine Road, Central, Hong Kong
For press enquiry, please contact the organizer:
SILLY THING Company Ltd.
Ms. Cathy Yuen
+852 2293 9996