The Peloton, a five-year labour of love by Berlin-based photographer Timm Kölln, is now available and it's been well worth the wait.
Kölln travelled the length and breadth of Europe attending every major race on the calendar to photograph the entire professional peloton and capture their images just moments after crossing the line. The results, as previewed in Rouleur issue 4, are the most hauntingly insightful portraits ever seen in the cycling world.
From kings of the road Mark Cavendish and Fabian Cancellara to the humblest of domestiques, Kölln has focussed on the emotions - both good and bad - experienced in this most gruelling of professions on a daily basis.
Interviews accompany each portrait, every rider giving their very own take on life in the saddle, and the trials and tribulations of a sport in turmoil.
Following the success of Michael Barry’s Le Métier, published earlier this year, The Peloton shares the same superb production values. Comprising 188 pages of images and words, it is printed in tri-tone and on exclusive paper, and bound in hardback. A limited Special Edition, including a signed baryta print and protective slipcase, is now available for £200.
“In many things, but certainly with books and photography, leaving things out defines the quality. Photographer Timm Kölln understands this and more importantly, he has a great talent for leaving things out.”- Het Parool
“The Peloton is a magnificient book. It presents men that love or hate their job, that describe or deny doping, talk about drudgery, or about beauty, about horrific crashes or homesickness. It is a mosaic that succeeds, through faces and tales, to put together the multiple personality of cycling again.”- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
“The inner perspective, intimate and fascinating, nerving from time to time, is also the words of the cyclists - a group composed of a multitude of characters and circumstances, not of robots, but exposed to a scrutiny and criticism few sportsmen are able to tolerate. ”- El País
FIRST EDITION | HARDBACK | 26×32cm | 188 PAGES
Timm Kölln's substantial body of work focuses on reportage and series of portraits, and he has made a name for himself as an extraordinary observer of road racing. A self-taught photographer, he is an advocate for the continued use of analogue techniques. He is a major contributor to Rouleur Magazine.