3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2004
The thing that inspired me to buy 'The Art of Sport' was the shear simplicity of the images. The images have a brief description of the methods / situations that they were taken in.
Well laid out and - large - reproductions of the images. Far more images than words in this book. The book is well bound and has a distinct feeling of quality. Would look good on any coffee table.
I have a quick look at the images just before I go out to take sports pictures, hoping that some of the vision / talent / art will rub off on me.
Well worth reading if you are an aspiring sports photographer. It certainly reprogrammed my picture taking to achieve a more artistic approach to the images that I am capturing.
Reuters, whose origins date back to the 1850s, is best known as a news service that provides reports to newspapers and broadcasters around the world. It established the Reuters News Pictures Service in 1985, and the group has become one of the world's leading providers of photos. It employs over 120 full-time photographers and the images they capture are used by roughly 1500 newspapers and magazines worldwide.
This is a beautiful book, with a wide variety of sports included : soccer, American Football, tennis, gymnastics, baseball, skiing, ice-hockey, boxing and cycling all feature. Each photo is accompanied by a short passage explaining the background to the shot. However, the pictures aren't always of the rich and famous : while the likes of Diego Maradona, Ernie Els, Michael Johnson, Zinedine Zidane, Michael Schumacher and even Ben Johnson appear, some of the better photos feature the amateurs and spectators. There's a streaker at golf's British open, herders in Tibet playing outdoor billiards and Jamaica's very eye-catching support from the 2002 World Cup Finals. There's even one from the Sumo ring that's bound to raise a smile. For me, though, the most spectacular shot was taken during Pamplona's famous bull-run. I suspect I'm not alone : one newspaper in Germany apparently ran it under the headline "How well is the photographer ?". The only photos that may put some off come from the world of bloodsports. For example, there's one from the Waterloo Cup (hare thankfully intact) and another from the bullring (featuring a very bloodied bull that doesn't have too long left). However, even allowing for that, this is still a book I would highly recommend.
on 27 January 2011
The Art of Sport produced by Reuters IS a different type of Sports/Photography book of that there is no denying and the first thing that struck me is the variation of "sports" that the photographers have managed to find to include, although many of us in the civilised World wouldn't I'm sure count Dog Fighting in Kabul,Afghanistan or a game called "Buzkashi", again in Kabul where horsemen fight over the body of a headless-goat to see who can gain the most points as sports in the true meaning of the word? Or how about a bit of cock-fighting as goes down in Colombia? But of course it no doubt also occurs in the UK I'm sure as awful as it is to think of it?
There are some wonderful and fascinating photos in the book such as the one where a man wearing a parachute and who has a fan strapped to his back drops into the ring during the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship Title fight between Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe at Caesars Palace in 1993! But my own favourite is a photo that appears completely unposed and to have been taken in May'01 with a long lens and is of David Beckham exchanging a kiss with his young son Brooklyn.He just looks mesmerized and it's a wonderful moment that's been caught in time.
on 19 March 2013
I do Dance photography and thought this book might inspire me on to greater shots, unfortunately my shots are superior to 90% of the images in this book so a real let down! :(
However, at 1p plus postage it sits nicely next to my Sports Illustrated books on NBA & NFL, now if you like sports photography these are books to get your hands on.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2002
This isn't a bad book. It does contain some very good and memorable images. However, it also contains some poorer ones, that maybe shouldn't have been included. As a motorsport photographer myself, I would be very critical of the F1 images in the book, which are very poor. Maybe it is because Reuters snappers tend to try their hand at all types of sport and photojournalism, whereas a dedicated agency, such as Allsport, have people covering 1 or 2 sports only.
The text accompanying the images is good in some circumstances, letting us know how the snapper came upon the picture or what he/she had to do to capture the image. Some of the text on the other hand is rather dull, not giving any insight into the image.
All in all, not a bad book and I'd recommend it to those who like their sports photography to be different to the norm.