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Picking the Brain of Renowned Sports Photographer Neil Leifer

Posted On: May 15, 2018   |   Posted By: Peta Pixel

Renowned sports photographer Neil Leifer has captured some of the most recognizable photos in the history of sports, particularly of Muhammad Ali, one of his long-term subjects. Here's a fantastic 17-minute video by The Art of Photography in which Leifer talks about his life, the stories behind his iconic photos, and his experience in the ever-evolving photo industry.
One of Leifer's most famous photos is of Ali knocking down Sonny Liston and standing over him, and a second is an overhead, remote-triggered photo of Ali knocking out Cleveland Williams at the Houston Astrodome in 1966.
Two of Neil Leifer's most famous photos.
In the video above, Leifer shares how the Astrodome fight was the first time it was physically possible to set up an overhead remote camera in hopes of capturing the unusual shot he had envisioned. And because it took 3.5 seconds for the strobes to recycle, Leifer only had one chance to capture his perfect shot. He nailed it.
Leifer spent a total of 16 years shooting for Sports...

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