Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present

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Sports photography is an artistic world all its own, and never before has it seen such appreciation and love than in Who Shot Sports, a collection celebrating the photos and photographers that created legends, captured iconic moments, and chronicled the highs, lows, and magic in sports history.

Disagree? Just look at the different newspaper covers for the Cubs’ World Series win to see the difference between sports photographers and the rest. It’s night and day.

Photos here range from those in the middle of the action to those off the field, from posed to natural, plus glimpses of fans, coaches, crowds, and support staff. And all sports are represented, from Olympic events and pro sports to lucha libre, extreme sports, and Quidditch. There are even photos by Stanley Kubrick and Leni Riefenstahl.

Plus, we’re granted an all-access pass to the lives and stories of the photographers who captured these moments. We learn about a baseball great signaling his favorite photographer before bunting, or how you can see a disappointed photographer between Ali’s legs in the famous photo of him standing over Sonny Liston.

This is an art book and the history of sports reporting all in one. It’s beautiful and fascinating in equal measure.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 344 pages
Publisher Knopf
Publish Date 2016-07-05
ISBN 9780385352239
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Issue December 2016
Category Sports & Outdoors


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