Who Shot Sports

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

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From the creator/editor of "Who Shot Rock & Roll" ("I loved this book" --Dwight Garner, "The New York Times"): the first book to show the range, cultural importance, and aesthetics of sports photography through the work of 165 extraordinary photographers--most of them heralded, most of their names unknown. Here in almost 300 spectacular images--more than 120 in full color--are great action photographs; portraits of athletes, famous and unknown; behind the scenes, athletes off the field; athletes practicing, working out, the daily relentless effort of training and achieving, physical perfection. Here are photographs by Al Bello, Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Georges Demeny, Toni Frissell, Ernst Haas, Danny Lyon, Annie Leibovitz, Stanley Kubrick, and 142 more, names not necessarily known to the public but their photgraphic work considered iconic...Here are photographs of Willie Mays...Rocky Graziano...Carl Lewis... Kobe Bryant...Magic Johnson...Satchel Paige...Muhammad Ali...Serena Williams...Bobby Orr...Jesse Owens...Mark Spitz...Secretariat... Gail Buckland's text, interwoven throughout and written with a grasp and a profound understanding of the history of photography, makes clear the importance and groundbreaking nature of this work and writes of the photographers and their technical and artistic advancements that, against all odds, captured the instant of the sport. Here are the classic images that capture the uncapturable, that allow us to experience the "kinetic beauty," that give us the essence and meaning--the transcendent power--of sports.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 23mm | 2,064g
  • Alfred A. Knopf
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 166 Black and white, 121 - 4 colour illustrations
  • 0385352239
  • 9780385352239
  • 434,509

About Gail Buckland

GAIL BUCKLANDhas written and been a collaborater on twelve books of photographic history, including "Fox Talbot and the Invention of Photography, The Magic Image "(with Cecil Beaton)," The American Century "(by Harold Evans)," " and "Who Shot Rock & Roll." She is former curator of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, professor of the history of photography at the Cooper Union, and guest curator at many American museums. She lives in Warwick, New York, and New York City."show more

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Acclaim for Gail Buckland’s Who Shot Sports   “Monumental . . . Indisputably, the most comprehensive and definitive tribute to the long unsung photographers who shot our most iconic sports photographs—photographs that reside in the collective memory of not just sports fans, but of anyone who recognizes great works of art. Buckland, doff your cap—you’ve hit a walk-off home run . . . A remarkable accomplishment . . . Excellent . . . Lucid and illuminating.” —Peter Stamelman, Brooklyn Daily Eagle   “An engrossing photo exhibition that more than proves the truism that a picture is, indeed, worth a thousand words . . . Fascinating and fun . . . Inspiring . . . Buckland’s knowledge of the history, camera equipment, and photographers is comprehensive. She gives thrilling accounts of the lengths that photographers go through to get the shots they want—many times as physically daring as the athletes they are shooting . . . Illuminates the wide world of photosport journalism.” —Lew Whittington, New York Journal of Books   “Dazzling . . . Brilliant . . . Who Shot Sports offers a chance to show sports photographers some penitent tribute.” —Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker   “A sumptuous study . . . A glorious journey across time and space, bringing us around the world with style and grace . . . Buckland has selected works that showcase the power of photography to fleeting moments that can make or break the game . . . Who Shot Sports is not simply the greatest moments of the game, but a brilliantly curated effort to recreate the multiple sensations of competition as well . . . Buckland has used her wealth of knowledge to craft a singular volume that has been long missing.” —Miss Rosen, Crave   “Wonderful . . . A tribute to sports photographers everywhere . . . Buckland writes with such authority that her thoughts on photography, as an art form, and her analysis of individual images in and out of the sports context make this a must-read for pop culture enthusiasts and anyone interested in photography.” —Publishers Weekly   “Superb . . . illuminating . . . iconic . . . This is a collection of superlatives, with both subjects and artists in the finest of forms; it’s difficult to single out highlights . . . Essential for all students of sports history and of photography and a fine gift for buffs as well.” —Kirkus (Starred Review)show more