The Bugatti Sessions for Victor by Hasselblad
The Bugatti Sessions for Victor by Hasselblad at the Bugatti International Meeting 2009

In May 2009 I shot some of the most beautiful, expensive and classic cars ever built, the Bugatti.
More than 120 Bugatti owners from 25 countries from all over the world came to Tuscany to drive their cars for a week in Castiglione Della Pescaia and his magnificent surroundings at the Bugatti International Meeting 2009, to celebrate the centenary of the foundation of the company.


Hasselblad and Manfrotto were my main sponsors. I used Hasselblad Multi-shot Cameras and the Manfrotto Avenger Butterfly to light the cars properly. All the photographs have been taken on location and outdoor.
Bugatti Type 37A (1928))
Owners: Frederica and Simon Kirkpatrick - Guernsey
Frederica and Simon don't like that many Bugattis are kept in a museum. Here an extract from Frederica's interview: there are cars that .... they have a passion for being faster… because a is born to be driven... it doesn't like to be in a museum, Bugatti must be out on the road… many people love this cars but (with subdued voice) they put them in a garage, and the car is loved but is never driven, and a Bugatti is born to be driven, because it loves to go on the road, loves life….Bugatti loves life
Bugatti Type 57S Atalante - Chassis 001 (1931)
Owner: Franz Wassmer (Switzerland)
Bugatti Type 57S Atalante - Chassis 001 (1931)
Owner: Franz Wassmer (Switzerland)
Bugatti Type 44 (1928)
Owners: Philippe and Frederique Jaillon (France)
Bugatti Type 37A (1926)
Owners: Gigi Baulino and Enrica Varese - Italy
I shoot this cat immediately after a race. The driver didn't allow us to clean-up the car:He said that a "Grand Prix" Bugatti cannot be clean
Bugatti Type 37A (1926) - detail
Owners: Gigi Baulino and Enrica Varese - Italy
Bugatti Type 40A (1931)
Owner: Ivanno Frascari - Italy
Bugatti Type 40A (1931) - detail
Owner: Ivanno Frascari - Italy
Bugatti Type 40 (1926) - detail
Owner: Gio.ve Old Cars - Italy
Backstage at Castiglione Della Pescaia

All photographs: Hasselblad H3DII 39MS in multi-shot mode - zoom lens HC50-110
Lighting: Avenger Butterfly Modular Frame System
Backstage at Castiglione Della Pescaia
My crew at Castiglione. From left: Andrea Cracco, Francesco Piras, Pietro Bianchi
The Bugatti Glamour. Video by Pietro Bianchi
Pages from "Victor by Hasselblad", october 2009 issue.
Excerpt from the article by Susanne Schmitt.

Roberto Bigano is no freshman to the Bugatti scene or the art of shooting on site. His picture book “Divina Bugatti”, published by renowned Italian publisher Franco Maria Ricci, dates back to 1991. At that time, Bigano was only permitted to photograph the cars on location in the Musée National de l’Automobile in Mulhouse, Elsass. Spurred on by what most would consider severe limitation, Bigano conceived a plan and created a portable studio which he installed around his various subjects. Some of the photographs taken during that period, particularly the highlighted silhouette shot of the black Bugatti Atalante in front of the pitch-black background, are legendary today.

Thanks to “Divina Bugatti”, Roberto Bigano has enjoyed a prestigious reputation amongst the Bugatti community. He was asked to attend the esteemed gathering for a second round with these fine vintage vessels.
From May 23 to 30, 120 Bugatti owners from around the world were invited on behalf of the Bugatti Club Italy, chaired by Franco Majno, to attend the festival in Tuscany. To behold the proud classics cruising through the picturesque scenery and to see them iconified by Roberto Bigano and his lens – what a sight!
The portable set was never unattended, with curious visitors crowding around at all times. As in Mulhouse 1991, the open-air shoot in Castiglione relied heavily upon one special component: Bigano’s 20×20 foot large Avenger Butterfly Modular Frame with its white reflective tarpaulin. The tool that stole the show, however, was the camera. Full of admiration, Bugatti enthusiasts watched Bigano meticulously prepare each shot and remotely trigger the H3DII-39MS from his workstation.
Together they beamed at the reproductions on the computer. The multi-shot function powerfully dealt with the dark car paint, which is notoriously difficult to photograph.
 
The Bugatti Sessions for Victor by Hasselblad
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In May 2009 I shot some of the most beautiful, expensive and classic cars ever built, the Bugattis.
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