For the book project The Great Nowitzki Tobias Zielony portrayed the German Basketball legend Dirk Nowitzki during the last years of his NBA career. The photos which derived from that journey offer a visually unique and yet unknown insight into the world of the superstar athlete and our modern day heroes. Zielony shows this universe beyond the familiar sport journalist iconography.
The work Dirk and Yao depicts two major American sports legends of non-American descent. Their portrait by Tobias Zielony taken in Shanghai was incidentally overexposed by the simultaneous flash of another photographer.