get ready to rumble | anthony “rumble” johnson for espn the mag | Redlights and Redeyes

Always fun when an photo editor emails you and asks if you can take a punch.  I don’t.  I do, however, know how to curl up into a ball and cry, which is what would happen if I did actually step into the ring with this guy.  MMA fighter Anthony “Rumble” Johnson let ESPN the Mag and myself follow him for a couple days in preparation for UFC 187 in Vegas this Friday.

Published
Categorized as Sports

auto focus | the player’s tribune | Redlights and Redeyes

I’ve never shot IndyCar before this shoot for the fine folks at The Player’s Tribune, but what I learned in a couple days of running around the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg reaffirmed everything I thought it would be from covering other racing:  it’s extremely loud, painfully hot, but so much fun to shoot

Hoop dreams: A photographer’s 60-year archive of NCAA Championship tournaments

After 60 years photographing college basketball, famed sports photographer snaps his last NCAA championship.

Rich Clarkson has been photographing the NCAA Championships for six decades. Clarkson’s work is a catalog of some on the single greatest athletes and coaches to ever emerge from college basketball, many transcending their legacy beyond by playing in the professional NBA league

Sol Neelman: Weird Sports — zPhotoJournal

I used to use a 400mm f2.8 lens for covering college football, in large part because we were stuck on the sidelines. My #1 lens for shooting Weird Sports is my Canon 35mm f1.4, in part because I'm not battling a sports information director for access. There are times like with Drag Queen Prom Dress Rugby that I was actually on the pitch taking photos with players flying around me.

Underground Wrestling in Moscow

Far from the pageantry and money of American pro wrestling, Russian grapplers exist in the shadows, where the bad guys wear red, white and blue.

“In Russia, wrestling is considered cruel — and Western,” said Pavel Volkov, a photographer. “Convincing landlords is not an easy sell.” His latest work, “Wrestling in Moscow,” is a deep dive into the underground Russian scene, and it captures performers and fans who fight and clamor for a sport that lives in shadows.

The New West With the Wright Brothers

Teenagers Rusty and Ryder Wright are the youngest generation of champions from a Utah family that has dominated the classic rodeo event of saddle-bronc riding.

The New York Times spent a year following three generations of Wrights through the seasons of rodeo and ranching. The photographer Josh Haner and I spent much of that time with the youngest generation, just now moving into the family’s dual interests in bucking horses and beef cattle.

Published
Categorized as Sports

Photographer Takes Us Inside the Buildings of the 1980 Moscow Olympics - Feature Shoot

For St. Petersburg born photographer Anastasia Tsayder, moving to Moscow came as a shock. Accustomed to the classical architecture of the 19th century, she was surprised to now be surrounded by Soviet style buildings of the late 70’s. She took an interest

For St. Petersburg born photographer Anastasia Tsayder, moving to Moscow came as a shock. Accustomed to the classical architecture of the 19th century, she was surprised to now be surrounded by Soviet style buildings of the late 70’s. She took an interest in the history of the urban development of her new city and found that many of the structures were built for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Around the time Tsayder moved to Moscow, the country was in full swing preparing for the Sochi 2014 winter games. Interested in legacy of the 1980 Olympic games, she sought out to photograph these now defunct buildings for her series Summer Olympics, as it may serve as an example for the fate of these single use venues in the future.

Forgotten Victories

The Ukrainian photographer made collages that evoke Soviet-era fitness-training programs.

The Ukrainian photographer Andrey Lomakin began his project “Forgotten Victories” in the fall of 2013, after the Ukrainian magazine My Sports, where he had worked as a photo editor and photographer, ceased publication. While emptying his office, Lomakin found a box of unprotected negatives in which transparent sheets of sports photos had stuck together, creating accidental collages that reminded him of the Soviet-era sports propaganda that was ubiquitous during his youth.

Behind the Scenes at the Australian Open | AP Images Blog

In the film days a photographer might shoot between 10 and 15 rolls a day or a maximum of 550 images. Now, photographers will shoot from 2,000 to 2,500 frames a day. Multiply that by five staffers over 14 days and I was casting my eyes over more than 150,000 images during the Open. Of the approximately 12,000 images taken each day, some 300 plus make it to our customers.

Keepers of the Streak: A Film About the 4 Guys Who Have Photographed Every Super Bowl

Countless photographs have been captured by numerous photographers over the course of Super Bowl history, but only four photographers have covered all 48

Countless photographs have been captured by numerous photographers over the course of Super Bowl history, but only four photographers have covered all 48 Big Games since Super Bowl I in 1967: John Biever, Walter Iooss, Mickey Palmer and Tony Tomsic.

The 2015 Dakar Rally

Leaving Buenos Aires on January 4, more than 500 competitors started the annual Dakar Rally: a two-week off-roading adventure through Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia.

Leaving Buenos Aires on January 4, more than 500 competitors started the annual Dakar Rally: a two-week off-roading adventure through Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia. The vehicles—which include specialized cars, trucks, motorcycles, and quadbikes—are currently on stage 9 of 13 between Iquique and Calama, Chile. Harsh conditions, including freezing temperatures and standing water on the Uyuni Salt Flats, have taken their toll on a number of vehicles already. Here is a look at Dakar 2015 in progress, as teams race back to Buenos Aires on January 17.

Published
Categorized as Sports

Moment of Truth

There was no action in the TCU locker room before the 1957 Cotton Bowl, but what Marvin Newman photographed there is as close to the essence of sports as anything that happens on a playing field

There was no action in the TCU locker room before the 1957 Cotton Bowl, but what Marvin Newman photographed there is as close to the essence of sports as anything that happens on a playing field

Published
Categorized as Sports

The Art of the Personal Project: Mark Laita - A Photo Editor

As a former Art Producer, I have always been drawn to personal projects because they are the sole vision of the photographer and not an extension of an art director, photo editor, or graphic designer. This new column, “The Art of the Personal Project” wil

I’ve met photographers whose sole purpose in life were to win some of these contests. They wanted the plaques and the recognition. Some did well. They shot for the contests and they knew what kind of stuff generally placed. Many others never got so much as an honorable mention. It’s nice to be recognized by your industry as being good at what you do but it isn’t the end goal with life. It shouldn’t be

Babe Lincoln, Amelia Armheart, Ruth Hater Ginsburg : Ladies Who Arm Wrestle

When Katrina Arnold photographed a ladies arm wrestling brawl in New Orleans a few years ago, she was instantly hooked. The raucous events, which are...

When Katrina Arnold photographed a ladies arm wrestling brawl in New Orleans a few years ago, she was instantly hooked. The raucous events, which are hosted by New Orleans Ladies Arm Wrestling, combine the performative, athletic elements of a WWE match with the communal, boozy aspects of a trivia night. It’s one of more than 25 chapters across the world under the umbrella of the Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers. 

Bonding Brutally With Russia Soccer Superfans – NYTimes.com

It’s a typical Thursday night in New York when, on the corner of 10th Avenue and 13th Street, a white Cadillac and a blue Mini Cooper pull over. Five photographers emerge from the cars, carrying paint rollers and pots of wheat-based glue. As three of them quickly and expertly apply glue to a four-by-three-foot section of virgin brick wall across from the Standard Hotel, the other two carefully roll out and paste large sections of a black-and-white photograph.

Published
Categorized as Sports

Video: Football Player Falls On and Snaps Canon Telephoto Lens in Half on the Sideline

While diving for a catch at the back of end zone during today's game against Kansas State, Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard landed on something

Over the last 3 years, I’ve collected stories of families where justice was not served after the murder of a loved one. This project is a deep investigation into the emotional, physical and spiritual landscape that transpires from unresolved trauma. The photographic representation is a series of family portraits of people seeking justice, which are paired with an image from the murder scene captured around the time of day the crime was committed

Published
Categorized as Sports