An exhibition at the IMS museum shines a light on trail photographers

SPEEDWAY, Ind. – A new exhibit called In-Focus opened at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum last week and will run through June. This is one of five exhibitions the museum will host this year.

In-Focus shines a light on the long history of runway photographers.

“It’s pretty amazing when you step back and think they have a chance of capturing their subject at 230 miles per hour,” said Jason Vansickle, vice president of conservation and education. at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. “It’s easy to be inundated with social media and cameras on your phone today, but the pros who are part of IMS’ photo department, how they can capture the emotion, the speed, the danger that accompanies the race, I think that’s why photography is so sought after here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

The event features famous images from the track’s history dating back to 1911. Most of the photos on the wall have a QR code next to them which will take you to a more in-depth description of when the photo was taken and a video interview with the photographer. .

“The photo is 1,000 words, but now we have a docu-video series with the photographers themselves,” Vansickle said. “QR codes allow us to play videos where we sat down with the photographer who took this photo and get their story behind the image in front of you.”

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