The Sports Photography of Robert Riger

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9780679445135: The Sports Photography of Robert Riger

Riger began his career as an illustrator for Sports Illustrated in the early 1950s. By the mid-1960s, his photos were being exhibited in museums across America. The photos speak for themselves, but sports fans will find a special significance in the figures they record--Muhammad Ali, Mickey Mantle, Vince Lombardi--and the events--Superbowls, the World Series, the Olympics and more.

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"Robert Riger's photographs show the nobility of the completed gesture, not merely a split fraction of movement, stopped dead. This was something we believed possible only in the hands of geniuses of draughtsmanship like Gericault and Degas."

-- Hugh Edwards

Former curator of photography

Art Institute of Chicago

From Library Journal:

Riger's latest book prefers the personal to the historical. Aside from pictures of Seattle Slew crossing the finish line of the 1977 Kentucky Derby and the 1986 New York Mets exulting after stealing the series from the Boston Red Sox, Riger's black-and-white photographs focus on smaller moments. One memorable shot entitled "Pain" features Mickey Mantle grimacing after a failed swing in the 1961 World Series. Grim determination is evident on the face of young Cassius Clay, the newly crowned heavyweight champion, as he pauses in a 1965 training session. The consummate grace of Celtic great Bill Russell comes through as he extends his body shooting a lay-up in 1964. Featuring an introduction by David Halberstam and an afterword by the photographer, sports fans are sure to enjoy these photographs. Recommended for all sports collections.
Adam Mazmanian, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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