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Neil Leifer

Legendary sports photographer

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Neil Leifer

Native New Yorker Neil Leifer began photographing sports events as a teenager and he hasn’t put down a camera since. Over 160 of his pictures have appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and over 40 of his photographs have graced the cover of Time magazine. He has published 15 books, and was one of two principal photographers in TASCHEN’s Tribute to Muhammad Ali, GOAT - Greatest Of All Time. Over the decades Leifer has come to be regarded as the sports photojournalist. His sports photography captures the unique spirit of American recreation and leisure, specifically baseball and American football.

Collating images from The Neil Leifer Picture Collection, TASCHEN’s titles on the photographer, such as Ballet in the Dirt and Guts & Glory, include hundreds of moments from the history of sport. Iconic pictures of well known football and baseball games, portraits of sports stars, and stunning front page shots have been edited together in these publications. Muhammad Ali’s famous Rumble in the Jungle and many of his other heavyweight title fights also feature.

Neil Leifer has shot almost every important boxing match for the last 60 years, from the first Patterson-Johansson fight in 1959 right through to the 2020 Wilder-Fury rematch. His collection Neil Leifer. Boxing. 60 Years of Fights and Fighters presents hundreds of his finest photos capturing all the brutality and grace inside the ring, as well as the pageantry of title fights, boxers, their promoters, and star-spangled entourages.