A new exhibit highlighting the work of highly regarded automotive photographer Dino Petrocelli will be installed in the Rosner Gallery of the Saratoga Automobile Museum on Saturday, November 29, 2014. The opening will coincide with the museum’s wildly popular Lost Speedways auto racing program, with the photographs scheduled to remain on display through the winter season.
Dino Petrocelli’s passion for photography became a career when he was asked to shoot a wedding for a friend in 1985. From there, his business grew exponentially and soon expanded to include studio photography. Petrocelli honed his skills through the reading of dozens of books on the subject, experiments with lighting techniques and a great deal of trial and error. His efforts and dedication were soon rewarded with work for independent companies and small ad agencies photographing everything from gloves to car parts, operating rooms and CD covers.
Petrocelli’s breakout moment came in 1997, when he was commissioned to shoot motorcycle parts for a distributor and the covers for their catalog. This led to work for top national motorcycle magazines and the opening of a 2200 square foot warehouse near the Albany airport that let him shoot cars for Hemmings magazine.
While his work for Hemmings put him on the national stage for automotive photography, Petrocelli credits his studio photography of the famed “POW Bike” in 2004 and the exposure he got on the Discovery Channel’s “American Chopper” show, where he was featured three times, for his rapid rise in the motorcycle photography field.
He has since photographed a number of cars associated with the Saratoga Auto Museum, including a few that will be highlighted in the new “Luxury Automobiles Through The Ages” exhibit set to open in early November.
Noted Petrocelli clients include Atlantic British Ltd., GMP Advertising, Swany Gloves, Grando Gloves, Ambrosino Design, WTEN TV, Bikers Choice, Kaiser Illustration, FLY 92, WPYX 106, Hot Bike magazine, Easyriders magazine and American Iron magazine. He has also worked with the Discovery Channel, Paul Jr. Designs, Allstate Insurance, Factory Five Racing, GM High Tech magazine and Corvette Fever Magazine and the various Hemmings titles.
More information on the Petrocelli exhibit and other programs, events and exhibits at the auto museum can be found online using SAM’s newly revised website, which is available at www.saratogaautomuseum.org.