Mike Stevens | Jun 6, 2008

[IMG by Paul D. Goodman | pdgoodman.com]

BY GUNNAR HEINRICH

IF a picture tells a thousand words, then us automotive writers owe an enormous debt to the world's sharp shooters.

Photographs set the tone for a piece and a good shooter almost always has "an eye" for the details - and needs little direction.

In my line of work as an automotive writer and as a producer, I'm both privileged and right down tickled to know such great talent. It certainly makes my job easier when I get a good photographer to capture the background on what I'm covering - and - it does a greater service to you, dearest.

And because I can talk all day long about how moving the site of a monster truck crushing a Mercedes R-Class truly is, unless you see for yourself; unless a photographer provides you the visuals to accompany my gleeful description; you're just not getting the whole story.

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[IMG by Paul D. Goodman | pdgoodman.com]

Being a visual person, I'm always enthralled by photographic talent. And what follows are just a few names of people I know and people who are known by people I know (six degrees...) who we'd all benefit from seeing more of their work.

The first is Paul Goodman.

Every once in a while Paul will send me some pictures of various cars that he's shot. I'm never disappointed. Paul has a National Geographic-level ability to beautifully capture the humanity in any given situation. His website [pdgoodman.com] holds some truly breathtaking images from Paul's travels in Brazil and Spain.

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[IMG by Paul D. Goodman | pdgoodman.com]

Next is Johannes Schlöerb.

Johannes publishes his own enthusiast site [fuenfkommasechs.de] on Benz's magnificent 560SEL and the W126 generation S-Class (1979-1991). What's especially thrilling for me about Johannes' work is that he artfully captures original material on Mercedes' cult classic and one of my own favorite rides ever (I have an ongoing love affair with three-box Teutons).

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[IMG by Johannes Schlöerb | Schlöerb Galleries]

Grant Ray.

I've only recently encountered Mr. Ray's work by visiting Gary Grant's The Garage Blog. The Oklahoman native has a magic sense of environment and auto. His website [bedetermined.com] showcases some superb work he's done for U.S. auto rag Rides.

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[IMG by Grant Ray | bedetermined.com]

And Neil Rogers.

Neil is my fellow producer and when not taping segments for Automobiles De Luxe, he's using his still camera to bring home some car art that I always swear I'm going to frame and put on my wall. When Jan Hering [janhering.de] and I shot a segment last summer showcasing a Rolls-Royce Silver Spur wafting through nature, Neil took some terrific evening still shots - which are, I might add, an enormous pain in the arse to take.

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[IMG by Neil Rogers | Automobiles De Luxe]

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