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

Jun 24, 2016

New York

The Brooklyn Museum is getting a closer look into a type of photography often forgotten although consumed on a daily basis, sport photography. The exhibition Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present encompasses 230 works of unforgettable athletic moments.

From daguerreotypes and salted paper prints to digital images, the pictures on display all have the similarity of capturing the universality of sports. Sports and photography both master the art of the right moment. So are the pictures from Richard Avedon, David Burnett, Toni Frissell and Andy Warhol to cite few of the iconic photographers who captured these exceptional performances and historic statements through their lenses. Beyond the athletic achievement witnessed through these pictures, another, more political and historical layer often underpins them. The photography showing Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising black-gloved fists during the American national anthem at the 1968 Olympics is a vibrant example of it.

A book of the same title Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present accompanies the exhibition organized by guest curator Gail Buckland.

Richard Avedon, Lew Alcindor.

Andy Warhol, Polaroids of Sport Champions, 1977.

Brooklyn Museum

July 15 – January 8, 2016

200 Eastern Parkway
New York 11238-6052