Two of the world’s most preeminent sports photographers come together in this compelling exhibit celebrating the athlete.
Walter Iooss is best known for his work seen on nearly 300 Sports Illustrated covers, as well as for his portraits of famous athletes like Michael Jordan and Ken Griffey, Jr., Brett Favre, Joe Montana and Wayne Gretzky. In his career, he has covered virtually every major sports event, including all 43 Super Bowls. In 1982, his project on athletes who were working their way to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles resulted in publication of the book, Shooting for the Gold. He has published a variety of other books, including Baseball, Football and Sports People, and created a masterful photo essay with Michael Jordan, Rare Air, which went on to become No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list. His latest work Athlete, which was released in May, 2008, marks his 14th book.
Neil Leifer's photography career has spanned almost 50 years. Specializing in sports photography, Leifer's photos have regularly appeared in every major national magazine, including the Saturday Evening Post, Look, LIFE, Newsweek, People and, most often, Sports Illustrated. Leifer’s pictures have graced over 200 covers of Time Inc. publications -- 170 at Sports Illustrated, and 40 at TIME Magazine. Out of his 15 published books, his 1978 Abrams book, Sports, has been hailed by many as the best of its kind. His newest book Guts and Glory: The Golden Age of American Football 1958-1978 was published by Taschen in November 2008. Leifer admits his favorite subject to shoot was Muhammad Ali, whom he has photographed on more than 80 separate occasions, including the iconic shot of Ali knocking out Sonny Liston, praised by many as the most famous sports photograph. Leifer now devotes almost 100% of his time to producing and directing films.