Ken Geiger (American, born 1957). Nigerian Relay Team, Olympics, Barcelona, 1992, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 17 7/16 x 19 5/8 in. (44.3 x 49.9 cm). Courtesy of Ken Geiger/The Dallas Morning News

Gerard Rancinan (French, born 1953). Laura Flessel, 2001. Chromogenic print, 31 1⁄2 x 39 6/8 in. (80 x 101 cm). Courtesy of the artist

Brian Finke (American, born 1976). Untitled (Cheerleading #81), 2001, printed 2003. Chromogenic print, 30 x 30 in. (76.2 x 76.2 cm). Courtesy of the artist

Mark Leech (British, born 1956). World Cup, Netherlands vs. Brazil, July 2, 2010, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 9 5/16 x 14 in. (23.7 x 35.6cm). Courtesy of the artist and Offside Sports Photography

Tim Clayton (British, born 1960). Australian Swimmer Matthew Dunn, 1993, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 81⁄2 x 14 in. (21.7 x 35.6 cm). Courtesy of the artist

Georges Demeny (French, 1850–1917). Chronophotograph of an exercise on the horizontal bar, 1906. Black-and-white photograph. © INSEP Iconothèque


Bob Martin (British, born 1959). Avi Torres of Spain sets off at the start of the 200m freestyle heats, Paralympic Games, Athens, September 1, 2004, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 14 x 91⁄2 in. (35.6 x 24.1 cm). Courtesy of Bob Martin/Sports Illustrated


Lucy Nicholson (American/British, born England). Alzheimer's Ping Pong Therapy, Los Angeles, CA, 2011, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 10 5/8 x 16 3/8 in. (26.9 x 41.5 cm). Courtesy of Lucy Nicholson/Reuters


Bob Martin (British, born 1959). Serena, 2004, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 8 1/2 x 12 7/8 in. (21.6 x 32.8cm). Courtesy Bob Martin


Joerg Mitter (Austrian, born 1980). Levi Sherwood of New Zealand performs in front of the St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square, Russia, June 24, 2010. Color photograph. Joerg Mitter // Limex Images


Rainer Martini (German, born 1948). High jump, Bavarian Track and Field Championships, Passau, Bavaria, July 2011, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 101⁄4 x 14 in. (26.1 x 35.6 cm). Courtesy of the artist


Donald Miralle (American, born 1974). Men's Beach Volleyball match between Brazil and Canada, London Olympics, The Horse Guards Parade ground, London, 2012. Archival inkjet print, 40 x 60 in. (101.6 x 152.4 cm). Leucadia Photoworks Gallery, courtesy of the artist


Lourdes Grobet (Mexican, born 1940). Blue Sentado, from the series Lucha Libre, circa 2005. Color photograph. Courtesy of the artist

Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present

October 27, 2018 – January 13, 2019

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Photography and sports have been entwined since the invention of photography in the 19th century. However, the artistry of shooting sports has been underappreciated in comparison to other genres within the medium. Sports are all about movement and motion, and this exhibition demonstrates how photographic technology enabled its practitioners to capture the human body in motion as it had never been seen before, all with astonishing technique and artistry.

Comprising over 200 images in color and black-and-white from the past 175 years, Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present presents an astonishing diversity of work by more than 150 photographers. The exhibition includes classic images of legendary athletes and historic action shots, as well as pictures taken behind-the-scenes and on the sidelines. Sports familiar and unfamiliar are represented, in photographs taken across six continents. Fans and spectators worldwide are portrayed, too, demonstrating an enthusiasm for sports that transcends national borders and socioeconomic levels.

Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and curated by Gail Buckland, Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Visiting Professor at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Lead Sponsor

Support for this exhibition is generously provided by:

Exhibition Sponsors
Wege Foundation
Greenleaf Trust
James and Mary Nelson
Dirk and June Hoffius
Lizbeth Sorensen O’Shaughnessy
Greg and Meg Willit
Haworth, Inc.
Kurt and Madelon Hassberger
Jane and John Meilner
Burr & Company
Kost and Candy Elisevich
Ronald D. Ford MD and Dawn M. Ford
J. Visser Design
Prime Buchholz
Progressive AE
Allen and Nancy Vander Laan

Friends of Who Shot Sports:
Dick Hansen and Nonnie Buth
Anita Carter
SpeakEZ Lounge
Bill and Mindy Wakefield
West Michigan Sports Commission
Dorothy Williamson
Janet and Jim Watkins

In Kind:
Clark Communications
Grand Rapids Drive
West Michigan Whitecaps
Wheelhouse Kitchen and Cocktails
Meritage Hospitality Group

Additional funding is provided by the GRAM Exhibition Society.