50 years of car photography by René Staud

2,973 cars. 104 countries. 23 cameras. 89 books. 157 Exhibitions. 4.63 million images.

What I am always asked

The question I hear most often: When did you first start taking pictures? And because there are a few such questions, I have already summarized them here.

Perhaps I was influenced by the fact that I come from an arts and crafts family: My father was a sculptor. And so I started to be interested in pictures and light at a very early age – I took one photography course after another as a schoolboy and acquired a lot of knowledge.
At the age of 12, I won my first awards and prizes in photo competitions.
The decisive moment came when I was 14: That’s when I was able to afford my first SLR camera from the money I earned doing small jobs alongside school.
And with it I accepted my first commissioned works. I took souvenir and portrait photos and set up my first black-and-white photo lab from my earnings.
So it was only logical that I did an apprenticeship in photography after school and became a portrait photographer.

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