Podcast: Sports Photography—More Than the Eye Can See

In celebration of Gail Buckland’s wonderful new book, Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present, and the accompanying exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, we take a look at sports photography from all angles. With Buckland, we discuss the making of her book and the role that sports photography has played in the history and technology of photography. Buckland breaks apart false distinctions by including photographers as diverse as Andy Warhol, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Stanley Kubrick with legendary sports photographers such as Walter Iooss and Charles Conlon. Her research on individual photos and overall perspective on sports photography opens up the genre to the wide world of art, and her insights are invaluable.

Also joining us is photographer Andrew Bernstein, well known as the long-time photographer for the Los Angeles Lakers. He has served as official photographer for the L.A. Clippers, Kings, and Dodgers, and held the position of Senior Director of NBA Photos. Bernstein has photographed a wide variety of sports and has published several books, including Journey to the Ring, documenting the 2009-10 Lakers championship season. His awards and accolades run deep and he was instrumental in developing the multiple camera Flash Wizard II system, which revolutionized indoor sports action photography through the use of triggers and remotes with strobe lighting. Bernstein discusses his career development, gear setups and shooting techniques, as well as his relationship with athletes, specifically with Kobe Bryant, whose photo is included in the book and exhibit, Who Shot Sports.

Photograph above courtesy Tim Clayton

Guests: Gail Buckland and Andrew Bernstein

Andrew Bernstein Photos

© Andrew D. Bernstein / NHLI / Getty Images
© Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE / Getty Images
© Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE / Getty Images
© Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE / Getty Images
© Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE / Getty Images

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

George Demany - Chronophotograph – Copyright INSEP IconothEque
Hill and Adamson – Courtesy Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Jeorg Mitter – Courtsy Jeorg Mitter/Limex Images
John Dominis – Courtesy John Dominis/Getty Images
Mark Leech – Courtesy Mark Leech and Offside Sports Photography
Lucy Nicholson – Alzheimer’s Ping Pong Therapy - Courtesy Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
Bob Martin - Courtesy Bob Martin/Sports Illustrated
Krystle Wright - Base Jumpers - Collection of Krystle Wright
Courtesy Tim Clayton
Gail Buckland, Allan Weitz, and Andrew Bernstein

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Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Lawrence Neves


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