Discovering the motion photography
Vladimir Velickovic was the fourth artist the FFT had asked to create the tournament poster. Following on from Valerio Adami, Eduardo Arroyo and French artist Jean-Michel Folon, they decided upon this Belgrade-born artist, who had been awarded a prize at the Biennale de Paris in 1965 and had just been appointed professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
An architecture graduate, painter and sculptor, Velickovic came to France in the early 1970s. Here, he developed his own drawing and painting style, though he had a preference for drawing.
At the same time, he discovered the work of motion photographer Eadweard Muybridge, a pioneer in chronophotography like France’s Etienne-Jules Marey. It was on the actual Roland Garros site that he studied the running style of humans and animals. This revelation led him to adopt a different approach for depicting movement.