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

Bob Martin (British, b. 1959), Serena, 2004, color photograph. Courtesy Bob Martin
Sun, 05/06/2018 - Sun, 07/29/2018
Scheller, Rodale, and Fowler Galleries

Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present, guest curated by distinguished photographic historian Gail Buckland, highlights sport photographers and their place in the history of photography, not merely sports history.

As the exhibition demonstrates, the finest sports photographers, their skills honed from years of practice, are capable of capturing a fleeting moment and making it memorable, often from a surprising or revealing point of view. Driven to freeze action and portray what the naked eye alone cannot see, sports photographers have played a leading role in the evolution of camera and film technology.

Featuring more than two hundred photographs Buckland has chosen for their aesthetic, cultural and historical significance, the exhibition includes images of many different sports from nations around the globe. The period it covers—1843 to the present—makes it the most thorough exhibition of sports photographers ever organized. The exhibition will be divided into sections that focus on themes such as the beginnings of sports photography, the Olympics, solo and team sports, portraits, life off the field, and fans. In its breadth and beauty, Who Shot Sports captures its subject’s universal appeal.

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.

A companion book published by Alfred A. Knopf accompanies the exhibition.

The Allentown Art Museum would like to thank the Presenting Sponsor of Who Shot Sports:


Additional support for the presentation of Who Shot Sports at the Allentown Art Museum has been provided by the County of Lehigh, Service Electric Cable TV and CommunicationsCoordinated Health and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

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


Mark Leech (British, born 1956). World Cup, Netherlands vs.Brazil, July 2, 2010, printed 2016. Inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist and Offside Sports Photography.


Rainer Martini (German, born 1948). High jump, Bavarian Track and Field Championships, Passau, Bavaria, July 2011, printed 2016. Inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist.

Robert Riger (American, 1924–1995). The Golden Arm, Johnny Unitas, 1958. Gelatin silver print.Collection of the artist. © Robert Riger. Courtesy of the Robert Riger Living Trust.


The exhibition program at the Museum is supported through the generosity of the Harry C. Trexler Trust, Julius and Katheryn Hommer Foundation, The Century Fund, Bernard and Audrey Berman Foundation, Leon C. and June W. Holt Endowment, Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Friends of the Museum.