Who shot sports: a photographic history

  1. type: group exhibition
  2. date: 27/01/17
  3. event: Who Shot Sports
  4. place: Tampa Museum of Art
    120 W Gasparilla Plaza
    Tampa, FL 33602

From February 4 through April 2017, the Tampa Museum of Art will present Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present, the most comprehensive survey of the art of sports photography ever produced, highlighting the aesthetic, cultural, and historical significance of these images and artists in the history of sports. The exhibition will include approximately 217 photographs by more than 154 photographers ranging from daguerreotypes and salted paper prints to more than 220 digital images showcasing a variety of different sports from nations around the globe. Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present, is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and curated by Gail Buckland, Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Visiting Professor at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Executive Director Michael Tomor stated, “The Tampa Museum of Art is honored to be able to bring to the Tampa Bay community this incredible exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, as the TMA is committed to educating, discussing, and collecting photographs from the mid-19th century forward. This Modern and Contemporary collection documents achievements in the advent of photography as a fine art, and demonstrates the contributions of important photographers working over the past 125 years. In addition, we are thrilled be able to bring key moments in the history of sports as it unfolded simultaneously in the development of advances in photographic technologies and the digital age.”

Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present includes work by Richard Avedon, Al Bello, David Burnett, Rich Clarkson, Georges Demeny, Dr. Harold Edgerton, Brian Finke, Toni Frissell, Ken Geiger, LeRoy Grannis, David Guttenfelder, Ernst Haas, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Walter Iooss, Jr., Heinz Kleutmeier, Stanley Kubrick, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Neil Leifer, Étienne-Jules Marey, Bob Martin, Eadweard Muybridge, Catherine Opie, Gérard Rancinan, Leni Reifenstahl, Robert Riger, Alexander Rodchenko, Howard Schatz, Flip Schulke, George Silk, Barton Silverman, and many others whose pictures may be celebrated but whose names are unknown.

Who Shot Sports will be presented in thematic sections exploring different subjects within the field, including: The Beginnings of Sports Photography, which features a reproduction of one of the earliest known images of an athlete by photographers David Octavius Hill (Scottish, 1802–1870) and Robert Adamson (Scottish, 1821–1848); The Decisive Moment, including Henri Cartier-Bresson’s image of a cycling race; Fans and Followers; Portraits; Off the Field; Vantage Point; In and Out of the Ring; For the Love of Sport; and The Olympics, featuring images from the first modern Olympics in 1896 to the London Olympics in 2012.