Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present at Brooklyn Museum, through January 8, 2017

“Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present is 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 includes approximately 230 photographs by more than 170 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.” — Brooklyn Museum

“Sports are beauty in motion with a powerful competitive edge. The ancient Greeks celebrated their athletes, and the finest artists of antiquity preserved those athletes’ achievements. Today, it is the photographers who give sports its indelible image,” said Gail Buckland, exhibition guest curator. “Seeing athletic greatness, we both recognize our personal physical limitations and delight in bodies and minds taken to new heights. To play and to watch is to be in the moment. Still photographers are masters of moments.”

David Octavius Hill (Scottish, 1802–1870) and Robert Adamson (Scottish, 1821–1848). Mr. Laing or Laine, 1843. Sepia-toned, salted paper photograph from calotype negative, 7¾ x 5 5/8 in. (19.6 x 14.3 cm). Scottish National Portrait Gallery

David Octavius Hill (Scottish, 1802–1870) and Robert Adamson (Scottish, 1821–1848). Mr. Laing or Laine, 1843. Sepia-toned, salted paper photograph from calotype negative, 7¾ x 5 ⅝ in. (19.6 x 14.3 cm). Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Jules Beau (French, 1864–1932). Major Taylor in the Collection Jules Beau, Photographie Sportive, 1906-1907. Aristotype on paper, 9 13/16 x 13 3/8 in. (25 x 34 cm). Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Jules Beau (French, 1864–1932). Major Taylor in the Collection Jules Beau, Photographie Sportive, 1906-1907. Aristotype on paper, 9 13/16 x 13 3/8 in. (25 x 34 cm). Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Lusha Nelson (American, 1900–1938). Joe Louis, Vanity Fair, October 1935. Black and white photograph, 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm). Courtesy of Condé Nast Archive

Lusha Nelson (American, 1900–1938). Joe Louis, Vanity Fair, October 1935. Black and white photograph, 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm). Courtesy of Condé Nast Archive

Robert Riger (American, 1924–1995). The Golden Arm, Johnny Unitas, 1958. Gelatin silver print, 12 3/4 x 18 1/4 in. (32.4 x 46.4 cm). Collection of the artist. © Robert Riger. Courtesy of the Robert Riger Living Trust

Robert Riger (American, 1924–1995). The Golden Arm, Johnny Unitas, 1958. Gelatin silver print, 12 3/4 x 18 1/4 in. (32.4 x 46.4 cm). Collection of the artist. © Robert Riger. Courtesy of the Robert Riger Living Trust

Eamonn McCabe (British, born 1948). Heysel Stadium Disaster, 1985. Gelatin silver photograph, 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm). Courtesy of the artist

Eamonn McCabe (British, born 1948). Heysel Stadium Disaster, 1985. Gelatin silver photograph, 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm). Courtesy of the artist

Herb Ritts (American, 1952–2002). Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Point Dume, 1987. Gelatin silver photograph, 15 x 11 in. (38.1 x 27.9 cm). © Herb Ritts Foundation/Trunk Archive Image may not be cropped or altered

Herb Ritts (American, 1952–2002). Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Point Dume, 1987. Gelatin silver photograph, 15 x 11 in. (38.1 x 27.9 cm). © Herb Ritts Foundation/Trunk Archive

Carol Beckwith (American, born 1945) and Angela Fisher (Australian, born 1947). Surma Donga Stick Fighters, Ethiopia, 1990, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 20 x 29 7/8 in. (50.8 x 76 cm). Courtesy of the artists

Carol Beckwith (American, born 1945) and Angela Fisher (Australian, born 1947). Surma Donga Stick Fighters, Ethiopia, 1990, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 20 x 29 7/8 in. (50.8 x 76 cm). Courtesy of the artists

Tim Clayton (British, born 1960). Australian Swimmer Matthew Dunn, 1993, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 8Ω x 14 in. (21.7 x 35.6 cm). Courtesy of the artist

Tim Clayton (British, born 1960). Australian Swimmer Matthew Dunn, 1993, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 8½ x 14 in. (21.7 x 35.6 cm). Courtesy of the artist

David Burnett (American, born 1946). Platform diving, Olympic previews, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 1996. Digital inkjet print, 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm). © David Burnett (Contact Press Images)

David Burnett (American, born 1946). Platform diving, Olympic previews, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 1996. Digital inkjet print, 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm). © David Burnett (Contact Press Images)

Arthur Thill (Luxembourgish, born 1950). Narrow Escape ñ Fire Incident in Hockenheim, German F1 Grand Prix, July 31, 1994, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 7 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (19.1 x 29.2cm). Courtesy of the artist/ATP Photo Agency

Arthur Thill (Luxembourgish, born 1950). Narrow Escape – Fire Incident in Hockenheim, German F1 Grand Prix, July 31, 1994, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 7 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (19.1 x 29.2cm). Courtesy of the artist/ATP Photo Agency

Anderson and Low (Jonathan Anderson, British, born 1961 and Edwin Low, British, born Malaysia, 1957). William Reynolds, Gymnast, United States Military Academy, 2001. Gelatin silver photograph diptych, 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm) each. Courtesy of the artists/Throckmorton Fine Art. ©Anderson and Low, all rights reserved

Anderson and Low (Jonathan Anderson, British, born 1961 and Edwin Low, British, born Malaysia, 1957). William Reynolds, Gymnast, United States Military Academy, 2001. Gelatin silver photograph diptych, 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm) each. Courtesy of the artists/Throckmorton Fine Art. ©Anderson and Low, all rights reserved

Gerard Rancinan (French, born 1953). Laura Flessel, 2001. Chromogenic print, 31½ x 39 6/8 in. (80 x 101 cm). Courtesy of the artist

Gerard Rancinan (French, born 1953). Laura Flessel, 2001. Chromogenic print, 31 1/2 x 39 6/8 in. (80 x 101 cm). Courtesy of the artist

Bob Martin (British, born 1959). Serena, 2004, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 8 1/2 x 12 7/8 in. (21.6 x 32.8cm). Courtesy Bob Martin

Bob Martin (British, born 1959). Serena, 2004, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 8 1/2 x 12 7/8 in. (21.6 x 32.8cm). Courtesy Bob Martin

Bob Martin (British, born 1959). Avi Torres of Spain sets off at the start of the 200m freestyle heats, Paralympic Games, Athens, September 1, 2004, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 14 x 9½ in. (35.6 x 24.1 cm). Courtesy of Bob Martin/Sports Illustrated

Bob Martin (British, born 1959). Avi Torres of Spain sets off at the start of the 200m freestyle heats, Paralympic Games, Athens, September 1, 2004, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 14 x 9½ in. (35.6 x 24.1 cm). Courtesy of Bob Martin/Sports Illustrated

Joerg Mitter (Austrian, born 1980). Levi Sherwood of New Zealand performs in front of the St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square, Russia, June 24, 2010. Color photograph. Joerg Mitter // Limex Images

Joerg Mitter (Austrian, born 1980). Levi Sherwood of New Zealand performs in front of the St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square, Russia, June 24, 2010. Color photograph. Joerg Mitter // Limex Images

Mark Leech (British, born 1956). World Cup, Netherlands vs. Brazil, July 2, 2010, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 9 5/16 x 14 in. (23.7 x 35.6cm). Courtesy of the artist and Offside Sports Photography

Mark Leech (British, born 1956). World Cup, Netherlands vs. Brazil, July 2, 2010, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 9 5/16 x 14 in. (23.7 x 35.6cm). Courtesy of the artist and Offside Sports Photography

Rainer Martini (German, born 1948). High jump, Bavarian Track and Field Championships, Passau, Bavaria, July 2011, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 10º x 14 in. (26.1 x 35.6 cm). Courtesy of the artist

Rainer Martini (German, born 1948). High jump, Bavarian Track and Field Championships, Passau, Bavaria, July 2011, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 10¼ x 14 in. (26.1 x 35.6 cm). Courtesy of the artist

Donald Miralle (American, born 1974). Men's Beach Volleyball match between Brazil and Canada, London Olympics, The Horse Guards Parade ground, London, 2012. Archival inkjet print, 40 x 60 in. (101.6 x 152.4 cm). Leucadia Photoworks Gallery, courtesy of the artist

Donald Miralle (American, born 1974). Men’s Beach Volleyball match between Brazil and Canada, London Olympics, The Horse Guards Parade ground, London, 2012. Archival inkjet print, 40 x 60 in. (101.6 x 152.4 cm). Leucadia Photoworks Gallery, courtesy of the artist

Daniel Rodrigues (Portuguese, born France 1987). Football in Guinea Bissau, March 3, 2012, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 13 5/16 x 20 in. (33.9 x 50.8 cm). Courtesy of the artist

Daniel Rodrigues (Portuguese, born France 1987). Football in Guinea Bissau, March 3, 2012, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 13 5/16 x 20 in. (33.9 x 50.8 cm). Courtesy of the artist

Franck Seguin (French, born 1960). Mixed Martial Arts Fight, UFC 154, Montreal, Canada, 2012, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 9 1/4 x 14 in. (23.7 x 35.6 cm). Courtesy of the artist

Franck Seguin (French, born 1960). Mixed Martial Arts Fight, UFC 154, Montreal, Canada, 2012, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 9 1/4 x 14 in. (23.7 x 35.6 cm). Courtesy of the artist

Deanne Fitzmaurice

Deanne Fitzmaurice (American, born 1957). Touchdown Kiss, 2013. Color photograph, 9½ x 14½ in. (24.1 x 36.8 cm). Collection of Deanne Fitzmaurice