The Klemantaski Archive
The Klemantaski Collection consists of
over 600,000 motor racing and related automotive photographs and is one of the
largest and most varied libraries of its kind anywhere in the world. The
Collection is based on three major archives. The first includes all of the motor
racing images taken by the famous photographer Louis Klemantaski during his
long and active career from 1936-1974. There are some 60,000 Klemantaski images
in the Collection. Most of these are black and white, but there are a
significant number of photos in color, including some from the prewar Grand
archive incorporates the motor racing photographs of the highly respected Nigel
Snowdon who, with his wife Diana Burnett, photographed many of the Grand Prix
and International Sports Car races from the early 1960s onward through the 1990s. The Snowdon
archive numbers approximately 250,000 images, of which well over 50,000 are in
color, and covers the period 1961-2001.
The JJF Archive
The third archive, which we acquired in 2018,
was put together way a Swiss collector and owned for many years by a long time
Belgian friend of the Collection. It consists of over 100,000 images, both black and white and
color, with an emphasis on Ferrari and covers from the 1930s into the early 1990s.
We also have
several smaller archives, including the famous Modena-based work of Peter
Coltrin and the well-known English motorsports photographers Edward Eves, T. C.
March, Alan R. Smith, and Colin Waldeck. We also own the motor racing work of
the respected American photojournalist and author Robert Daley, the photography
of the famous Mercedes-Benz press relations chief Günther Molter, and two
archives closely associated with the annual publication Automobile Year,
those of Yves Debraine and Ami Guichard. In addition, we own the Italian work
of Giuliano Orzali and the extensive American and Canadian motor racing
photography of Vicente Alvarez, Bill Fox, Chuck Rogers and Jack Whorwood.
In addition, the
Collection includes a number of images from the earliest days of motor racing
dating from the end of the 19th Century among which are a number of images from
the infamous Paris-Madrid race of 1903.
In addition to
supplying photos to special order, the Collection also carries a limited number
of prints in various sizes which were signed by its photographers. These
important images have achieved a strong following among photograph collectors
around the world.
also supply images to authors, publishers and advertisers for reproduction in
books, magazines, television and other media.
Collection also offers a series of special limited edition books containing its