The exhibition presents the work of 65 award-winning photographers, as well as a particular selection of pictures from the Getty Images Archive, one of, if not the, best sources of sports photography in the world.
Shawn Waldron, the curator at Getty Images Gallery, said, ‘This is an exciting exhibit for our Gallery clients and the general public. In making our choices for Visions of Sport 2017 we focused on strong photographs that transcended individual athletes in favour of more universal themes such as daring and tenacity. The exhibit will appeal to both sports fans and photography aficionados.’
Getty Images Gallery manager Amie Lewis added, ‘A key feature of Visions of Sport 2017 is the first person narrative provided by the photographers. Their descriptions of the action and behind the scenes details are riveting.’
The exhibition was put together by Waldron, Lewis and Director of Photography Paul Gilham. The 65 photographer’s on Getty’s books were all asked to submit three photos each, with three being selected by the panel, along with the chosen archive images. The variety of sports, and personalities within those sports, is spectacular. From legends such as Muhammad Ali and James Hunt, to children playing games in their simplest and purest form.
Shaun Botterill, whose Children Playing Cricket In South Africa image features in the exhibition was asked about capturing his shot. Botterill explained, ‘We’d just finished net practice for a World Cup Cricket match where you are restricted where you can work and move around. Can’t do this, can’t go there etc. (I) walked out and saw these two happy kids having a blast with a stick and a coke can. You couldn’t get a bigger contrast from the corporate, controlled big event to pure carefree fun.’
One of the photos included in the exhibition sees French tennis player Gael Monfils diving across the court in a match against Andrey Kuznetsov at 2016’s Australian Open. When Cameron Spencer, who was responsible for the image, was asked why it was special, he explained, ‘This image of Gael Monfils is my favourite editorial image that I have ever taken. It was my 13th straight Australian Open Grand Slam. In all the tennis that I have covered I had never seen anyone dive through the air on the baseline on hardcourt. I couldn’t believe it when it occurred, fortunately I was on the right end of the court on the right lens and correct settings.’
The exhibition runs from June 6, 2017 to July 15, 2017 and admission is free.
Monday to Friday – 10.00am to 5.30pm
Saturday – 12.00 to 5.30pm