Slope Style: by Lothar Rübelt

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I love when a found vintage photo leads to learning something new and unexpected.  In this instance, the photographer of this fabulous 1930’s image is an interesting revelation. Lothar Rübelt (1901-1990) was an acclaimed professional photographer from Vienna, Austria known for sports photography and photojournalism.  His own athletic background was accomplished as a member of the 1920 Austrian Olympic team for short-distance running.

Rübelt’s sport photography included a focus on stills but ranged to film with motorcycle and ski movies to his credit.  I will have to dig deeper for the ski films but fortunately we can watch his 1924 motorcycle movie on YouTube.  In Motocicletta Sulle Dolomiti is a glorious and exciting two-wheeled exploration of the Dolomites.  This adventurous (off) road trip by Rübelt and his brother ascends to 2588 meters.  Definitely check it out, even if you scan through the 46 minutes.  At the least, jump to 37:16 for a thrilling mountain ride!

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