7 Feb 2018

How star photographer Jim Rakete sees star German athletes

He is Germany’s number 1 star photographer and in the past decades has had many famous people in front of the camera. Be it Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger or Willy Brandt – they all posed for him. But best of all, says Jim Rakete, he likes to photograph sports people. So the Berliner invited five of the best German athletes to his studio in Kreuzberg. This produced some breathtaking shots.

Image credit: Copyright Jim Rakete
Image credit: Copyright Jim Rakete

The portraits are of German athletes Tatjana Pinto, Ruth Spelmeyer, Lisa Ryzih, Rico Freimuth and Robert Harting – all expected to compete at Berlin 2018 – part of the first multisport European Championships in August 2018.

“That was by far the fastest photo shoot of my life and says a lot about the photographer. Jim is a great and interesting guy, an absolute pro. I think expressions come into their own in a very different way in black and white photos,” said Tatjana Pinto.

Image credit: Copyright Jim Rakete
Image credit: Copyright Jim Rakete

Robert Harting is also deeply impressed: “I googled Jim Rakete just before the shoot and was able to recognise the style of expression in his work. Jim isn’t called Rakete (rocket) for nothing because with him things go very fast and the results are extremely good.”

Robert has also already found a suitable place in his flat for the “work of art”.

The photo looks so very like a bedroom that it could look good there. Whenever my wife Julia is angry with me, she can see that I’m not really that bad

“The photo looks so very like a bedroom that it could look good there. Whenever my wife Julia is angry with me, she can see that I’m not really that bad,” joked the 33-year-old, alluding to the thoughtful and soft pose showing him with discus in hand.

“I like to work with sports people - a shoot with them is always something special because they approach it in such a carefree and relaxed manner,” said Rakete.

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