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The Art of Sport – Creative Sports Photography

For the next few weeks, a lot of our daily routine will be affected by constant cheering, medal biting, object tossing and all kinds of jumping practices in whichever direction we’ll set our sights. Rio 2016 is practically in the town, and from now on, everything involving the phrase “sports” has a considerable potential to become a trend. To prove that Sport also possesses a genuine artistic integrity, we present you with a couple of inspiring examples of creative sports photography. This is the art of sport …or sport of art, if you like.

Adam Pretty

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A well-known and internationally recognized figure, Adam Pretty boasts a distinct and creative approach to documenting major sports events (thus far he has covered 5 Olympic games), playing with forms, ornamentations and the many wonderful facades of the human physique.

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Though fully embraced by the mainstream media, only relatively recently, that is in 1997, Adam Pretty successfully distinguished himself as one of the most capable of his generation’s photo artists, which has been rightfully noted with a string of important photo awards and impressive commissions, not to mention the collaborations with such high profile publications like Time magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and Sports Illustrated. His artwork is effectively a celebration of the human body, where the combination of texture, dynamics, and lighting strikes an almost expressionistic chord.

Henrik Sorensen

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The Danish-born Henrik Sorensen really enjoys playing with the chromatic smoke, which might be pretty obvious by what you can see. Also a world-renowned underwater photographer, Henrik Sorensen is by no means a sports documentarian.

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More than anything, he plays around with editing trickery to acquire a playful and ethereal effect, transporting the athletes before the lens to unidentifiable environments, where the only thing that counts is what they do, how they do it and how much of passion they invest in the art of sport.

Tomasz Gudzowaty

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Probably the most uncompromising and offbeat of them all, this Polish-born photographer swims against the current in the world of commercial sports photography. Not exactly documenting the sports activities in an orthodox way, Tomasz strives for the exotic, slightly grotesque, marginal and borderline provocative.

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Get ready for a lot of extreme variations of Yoga, gymnastic stretching and all kinds of peculiar local sports such as slum golf (India, seemingly a result of the western influence and the social economic situation of the country), the Nadaam Race (a brutal kind of horse racing taking place in Mongolia) and the Flying Warriors (a variation of the oldest known martial arts type known as Kalaripayattu). Stunning, intimate and a bit disturbing. The perfect recipe for raw beauty.

Bob Martin

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Probably one of the more celebrated faces on this page, Bob Martin has been practically everywhere, shooting practically everything and has thus received practically every photo award on the shelf. During his more than a 30-year long career, Bob Martin has developed a distinct pseudo-artistic approach to document the major sports events around the world.

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Every third photo of his can be considered an icon of sports photography, whilst there’s really little to none editing involved. The man simply seems to have a great eye for the right shot hence the interesting texture, or any other peculiar element of his photos is usually of a natural origin. The famous diving lady in the red swimsuit over the beautiful skyline of Barcelona is one of his masterworks. The swarm-like rush of the Engadin Skimarathon is another. The Man has, after all, snapped 13 Olympic games thus far!

Mark Aspland

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As the chief sports editor of The Times newspaper in London, Marc Aspland has been perpetuating the major sports gatherings for a good quarter of a century, and just like his peer Bob Martin, this world-renowned craftsman never forgets about the artistic integrity of his creations.

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A three-time Photographer of the Year according to the British Press, Aspland is fearless in his manipulations with technique, experimenting with off the map shutter speeds (or simply using them in unconventional ways) and using blur for a wonderfully artsy effect. However, when Mark goes sharp, you’ll notice. Just check out as the icy stare of the Team GB’s curling player Eve Muirhead. Aspland must have twitched when this appeared on his LCD.

Laci Perényi

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Laci Perényi is simply the master when it comes to colour, quirkiness, and almost a painter-like appreciation for the composition. Most of his sports photography is akin to what an impressionist artist would have made up if there had been a call of duty to document the Olympics with paint and a brush.

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Here we have a photographer who truly enjoys his craft and constantly seeks new ways to  enhance the artistic aspect of the sports photography (as a legitimate discipline of fine arts). But it’s not all just hazy figures and disarrayed colours. There are also some impressive statistics. The Germany-based photographer has covered 17 Olympic games winning a plethora of national and international awards and is boasting an archive of 500 000 images of athletes doing what they do the best. Engaging in the art of sport.

Every major sports event usually has hordes of photographers waving their telephoto lenses as another sweat-drenched athlete, strives for that record-breaking long jump so there’s definitely more talent waiting to be explored by your hungry eye. Meanwhile, despite whatever doubts and speculations we all have been subjected to, we really wish everyone a great Rio 2016 experience! Let the art of sport unite us for a better tomorrow.

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