Wow. That’s the only word that pops up when I see this picture. The photographer is Stephan Vanfleteren, a Belgian photographer. This photo shows Eddy Merckx. Mister Merckx is a flamish cycling star. He’s a legend who has won the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia five times.
On this photo you see that mister Merckx is a youthful man. I think Stephan Vanfleteren captured that characteristic very well. The black-and-white of the photograph show the distinctive face of Eddy Merckx. All Vanfleterens work is shot in black and white and contains a lot of portraits. For some reason he knows how to photograph people and showing us who they really are. Without acting or glamour. His work is raw and authentic. That’s why I like it.