Biography Rainer W. Schlegelmilch
Rainer W. Schlegelmilch ‘RWS’ saw his first race in 1962, when he photographed a series of portraits at the ‘1000 kilometers’ at the Nürburgring for his final examination at the Bavarian State School of Photography in Munich. Eighteen months later, he opened his studio of photo design in Frankfurt, but racing has always remained a major aspect of his work. Right from the very beginning, initially in monochrome only, he photographed for numerous prestigious motor sport publications and in motor racing involved companies.
Since 1974, RWS has focused exclusively on Formula 1 championship races. Between the 1990s and today, he has published over 40 works of photography, which have brought him worldwide acclaim. RWS edited books about cars, and did more than 500 shootings on location with cars of Ferrari, Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Aston Martin and other British Sports Car factories.
Changing to digital photography 2004, his archive totals 15,000 monochrome photographs and over 400,000 color slides and digital images. It’s worldwide today’s biggest, perfect organized motor sport archive out of one hand.
In Monza 2011 Bernie Ecclestone honored Rainer with a lifetime permanent photographer’s pass.
Even after nearly 600 GPs, he’s still driven by the same passion: The never-ending quest for an even better photo.