Black Beauties

René Staud couldn’t possibly have found a more objectionable name as a direct expression of his most deeply held, most personal and most passionate subject matter – black cars, of course. Beautiful, aesthetic and pure, and captured in stunning and exquisitely staged photographs over more than 30 years.

“Black cars are sexy! They radiate coolness! They have such a strong emotional appeal – what’s more beautiful than a car with an emotional aura?” writes Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Leica Camera AG, in the book’s foreword.

“If you hear BLACK BEAUTIES and think of erotic forms and naked skin, you are spot on. No woman can possibly be more erotic than a black automobile, despite the fact that the gleaming skin on the many jewels in my book is verging on ice cold,” said René Staud with frank sincerity at the preview of his new work last week at STAUD STUDIOS.

I enclose the press text and the imagery from teNeues Verlag, in which BLACK BEAUTIES appears as the 6th coffee-table book in the René Staud series. Further information is available from Andrea Rehn and, of course, in respect of René Staud, from me.

The new book, BLACK BEAUTIES, is now available in our online shop at and in book stores at 98 Euros.