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  • Tags: Innovation in Photography Through the Lens of Sport

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This image features the first rugby-style football game to be played in North America. The match featured the college teams from Harvard University and McGill University. It is a composite image created by Scottish photographer William Notman,…
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In 1878, renowned motion photographer Eadweard Muybridge was commissioned by Leland Stanford, a racehorse owner, to help solve a popular question of the era: whether a racehorse in motion was at any point entirely clear of the ground. Using 12…
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Both an amateur cricket player and an amateur photographer, George Beldam, a "man of leisure," extensively photographed athletes in the early 20th century. The above photograph of celebrated cricket player Victor Trumper was featured in CB Fry's 1905…
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"[Jacques-Henri] Lartigue loved everything about cars— their intriguing look, the accoutrements of the driver, the eventual flat tire... Swinging his camera parallel to the road in a movement that followed the car, Lartigue barely managed to catch…
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This image of famed boxer Muhammad Ali’s rematch with Sonny Liston demonstrates not only the artistry of sports photography, but the stylistic significance of candid moments and sincere emotionality. According to reports from attendees of the match,…
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In 1968, American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos, seen here with Australian runner Peter Norman, raised black-gloved fists on the award podium at the summer Olympics as a gesture of protest for human rights (and in particular for Black…
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In the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals, Argentinian national football player Diego Maradona made contact with the soccer ball with his hand and as a result, the ball was knocked past the goalkeeper (seen right) and into the goal. The controversial goal…
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The GoPro HERO "All-Season Sports Camera" was the first model released by the eponymous action camera company. It was a 35mm film camera, weighed less than half a pound, and could function underwater.Founder Nick Woodman was inspired to create this…
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Early sports photography relied heavily on techniques of composite photography and imagery. Prior to 1874, imagery related to sport was primarily artistic and highly aestheticized. Composite photography allowed photographers to combine images of…
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Dry plate photography, also known as gelatin process photography, was an improvement on existing methods of photography in which gelatin emulsions were used to develop photographs on thin glass plates. Prior to this date, the method of plate…
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For several years, notorious motion photographer Eadweard Muybridge extensively photographed University of Pennsylvania varsity baseball players while nude in order to both study the body in motion as well as the sport itself. Seen here is plate 275,…
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Slow-motion technique has become a staple of sports broadcasting in the last eighty years. Among its uses include the ability to review a play or motion in a match to determine the legality of an action, which has become particularly controversial in…
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The method of photography known as strip photography is a technique that effectively captures high-speed horizontal movement by focusing solely on that which is moving in front of the lens and "ignoring" stationary objects. Objects in motion over…
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While optical viewfinders have long since been a crucial tool in photography regardless of the genre, one distinct improvement that made them more significant in capturing action photographs in particular was the their movement to an eye-level…
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In 1967, electronics company Ampex developed the HS-100 PAL 4 Channel 2 magnetic disc video recorder. Video was recorded on an analogue disc that weighed five pounds and made 60 rotations per second. It could record up to thirty seconds of video that…
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The Pocket Wizard, developed by American electronics company Lab Partners' Associates (LPA) Design, is a type of wireless triggering system for cameras to operate remotely. It functions by transmitting a wireless radio signal to a unit connected to…
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In the late 1980s, Leaf Systems Inc. introduced the Leafax, a compact portable photo scanner that was transportable in a case the size of a standard briefcase. It quickly became the proprietary technology of the Associated Press, as it could transmit…
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