1969 Revisited – Citroën DS
Few cars trigger as many emotions as the stunning Citroën DS – probably the most innovative car design to date. The “shark” car was a pioneer on many fronts and was built from 1955 to 1975. It was the first car to feature a self-leveling suspension, headlights that follow the direction of the wheels, a futuristic aerodynamic body, and a hydraulic suspension, clutch, and transmission.
Helmut Newton took some haunting images of the Citroën DS in 1969 for Citroën Italia’s calendar “Le DS vedono nella notte”. The series emphasized the futuristic look of the car with models wearing metallic outfits by Paco Rabanne. In my opinion, the following image is the most haunting of the series leaving many questions unanswered…
46 years later, on August 1st, 2014, I was shooting for fun with some friends. At the end of the shoot we tried to capture a similar shot to the one above:
Model: Katarina Skupinova
Make-up/Hair: Valérie Reding
Driver: Mike Krishnatreya
Some behind the scenes images featuring the Citroën DS: