The timeless art of sports photography

The sports photography that iconized the legendary feats of Muhammad Ali, The Miracle on Ice, Willie Mays and Jesse Owens, among many others in previous eras, is enjoying a welcome and necessary appreciation in the digital age.

We live in a heavily visualized media world that overwhelms the viewer with multiple angle views, roving cameras, endless replays, screeching commentary and instant interviews with breathless athletes.

Yet it is a still, silent shot — seemingly simple to snap but extremely challenging and complicated to get right — that truly captures the eye and renders an image of perfection for the ages.

The latest is a photograph of Usain Bolt’s gold medal run in the 100-meter dash at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. It’s actually two photographs, spliced together from shots taken by photographers stationed next to one another at the track and field venue.

As much as we were captivated by the Jamaican runner’s exploits — they should lay to rest the question of whether Bolt is the greatest sprinter of all time, shouldn’t they? — we are just as intrigued by that photo of him looking back on his competitors as he neared the finish line.

(Read more at Sports Biblio)