Now on view at the Brooklyn Museum is Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present — one of the most comprehensive presentations of sports photography ever organized. Encompassing approximately 230 works — from daguerreotypes and salted paper prints to digital images — the photographs capture unforgettable moments in sport history and celebrate the universal appeal of sports that transcend the competition.
Curated by Gail Buckland, a companion book, Who Shot Sports, accompanies the exhibition. The creator and editor of Who Shot Rock & Roll, Buckland shows the range, cultural importance, and aesthetics of sports photography through the work of 165 extraordinary photographers that include Richard Avedon, Toni Frissell, LeRoy Grannis, Ernst Haas, Walter Iooss, Jr., Heinz Kleutmeier, Stanley Kubrick, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Neil Leifer, Martin Munkacsi, Edward Muybridge, Leni Reifenstahl, Howard Schatz, Flip Schulke, George Silk, and Andy Warhol – among many others.
“Seeing athletic greatness, we both recognize our personal physical limitations and delight in bodies and minds taken to new heights” says Buckland. “To play and to watch sports is to be in the moment. Still photographers are masters of moments.”
Opening Ceremony has opened a pop-up shop at the Brooklyn Museum to accompany the show that features merchandise from OC’s Club USA capsule collection of unisex tanks, T-shirts, caps and pins based on Eighties and Nineties summer sportswear. Who Shot Sports will be on view at the Brooklyn Museum through January 8, 2017.
PHOTO CAPTIONS & CREDITS FROM TOP:
PELE, Andy Warhol, 1977. Image and artwork © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Licensed by ARS; JOE LOUIS, Lusha Nelson, 1935. Courtesy of Condé Nast Archive.
FOOTBALL IN GUINEA BISSAU, Daniel Rodrigues, 2012. Courtesy of the artist. AVI TORRES, Bob Martin, 2004. Paralympic Games, Athens, September 2004. Courtesy of Bob Martin/Sports Illustrated. MATTHEW DUNN, Tim Clayton 1993. Courtesy of the artist.
MENS BEACH VOLLEYBALL LONDON OLYMPICS, Donald Miralle, 2012. Leucadia Photoworks Gallery, courtesy of the artist. HEYSEL STADIUM DISASTER, Eamonn McCabe, 1985. Courtesy of the artist. LAURA FLESSEL, Gerard Rancinan, 2001.
PLATFORM DIVING, David Burnett, 1996 © David Burnett (Contact Press Images). Courtesy of the artist. ALZHEIMER’S PING PONG THERAPY, Lucy Nicholson, 2011. Courtesy of Lucy Nicholson/ Reuters. FREEFALL, Krystle Wright, 2010. Michael Tomchek leaps off Castleton Tower, Castle Valley, Utah. Collection of Krystle Wright.