5 Masters Of Sports Photography

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So much of sports photography is about being at the right spot at the right time. Those who have mastered the genre build on that with composition and light to create memorable images that tell a compelling story. Here are the Digital Photo Pro interviews with five of the best.

1. Neil Leifer: Master Of The Iconic Sports Image

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Football has come a long way since its humble beginnings, when grown men were kicking and tossing around an actual inflated pig’s bladder. There to document almost every hard-fought yard was Neil Leifer, whose camera and lens also covered sporting events ranging from the Olympics to heavyweight title fights. Read More…

2. Brad Mangin: Master Of Diamond Light

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Baseball and photography have a very special year in common: 1839. Abner Doubleday invented baseball in the same year that Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre introduced the daguerreotype, the first practical way to preserve a frozen moment for posterity. The two have been inseparable ever since, with latter-day practitioners such as Brad Mangin merging the two at the highest level. Read More…


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3. Abe Kislevitz: Master Of Air, Sea & Land

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Everything you want to know about Abe Kislevitz can be summed up by his childhood dream career: roller-coaster designer. While he hasn’t lived out that dream (yet), Kislevitz is currently combining his technical acuity and creative instincts by creating dramatic thrill rides through his GoPro video work centered around skiing and other action sports. Read More…

4. Scott Markewitz: Go Large Or Go Home!

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It’s not everyone who can mount successful back-to-back careers in separate, highly technical, highly competitive industries, but that’s exactly what Scott Markewitz has done. His first career was professional snowskier, but these days he photographs skiers—as well as runners, bikers and just about anyone else involved in action sports and outdoor life. Read More…

5. Stephen Frink: Master Of The Over/Under

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Every four years competitive swimming has a very big moment. For two weeks there’s global interest in the mechanics of the breast, back and butterfly strokes, the art of the dolphin kick and converting meters into lengths of a swimming pool. Back in the day, Stephen Frink could hold his own in the pool, enough so that swimming landed him a college scholarship, but not so much that he was dueling with Olympic contenders. Now he photographs the sport that he loves. Read More…

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