Sportscape: The Evolution of Sports Photography

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Sportscape tells the story of how sport has been shown by photographers over a period of 100 years, focusing on the beauty and interest of the photographs and what they can tell us about the development of sport. Many photographs have never been published before and each has been selected to contribute to a fascinating story of social, political and technological development over time, as well as being of interest in its own right. They have been selected from the collection of Allsport, the world's leading sports photographic agency, and the historic Hulton Getty Archive. Through this fascinating, surprising and beautiful selection, the momentum of the pictures give the book a dynamic thrust: from amateurism to professionalism, from wide views to tight focus, from black-and-white to colour, from local to international...everything getting faster and brighter and more dynamic as the century progresses. Director of The Photographers' Gallery in London, Paul Wombell's curatorial skills are at the core of the book. Sports columnist for The Times and Sports Feature Writer of the Year, 1999, Simon Barnes' introduction compellingly discusses the diverse themes that emerge from the pictures to draw fascinating comparisons between photographs and events separated by entire decades.

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Paul Wombell is the director of the Photographers' Gallery in London. He has had a lifetime interest in sport and is the author of Photovideo, Battle: Passchendale 1917, and Evidence of War's Reality, as well as many exhibition catalogues. Simon Barnes was named Sports Feature Writer of the Year in 1999 and has been a sports columnist for The Times for over 20 years. He is also a novelist.

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'You don't have to be a jock to fall for Sportscape, a massive slab of sports images...the images have been chosen with an eye trained on art as well as action.' (Village Voice) 'There's enough variety and off-beat material here to surprise the most well-schooled of aficionados...This is definitely a home run. (Or, depending on who's reading what, a touchdown, a goal, a gold medal, or a hole in one.)' (Biography Magazine)

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