• Neil Leifer Talk
    November 3, 2016
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, November 3rd , 7-9pm

Neil Leifer’s photography career has spanned over 50 years since becoming a professional while still in his teens. Beginning in 1960, his pictures regularly appeared in every major national magazine, including the Saturday Evening Post, Look, LIFE, Newsweek, Time and, most often, Sports Illustrated.

Leifer became a staff photographer for Sports Illustrated before leaving in 1978 to join Time magazine. When he left Time Inc. in 1990, his photographs had appeared on over 200 Sports Illustrated, Time, and People covers—at that point, the most ever published of one photographer’s work in Time Inc. history. Leifer is also the 2006 recipient of the prestigious Lucie Award for Achievement in Sports Photography, and in 2008 he was honored for his outstanding contribution to Time Inc. journalism with The Britton Hadden Lifetime Achievement Award.

With 16 published books, 9 of which have been collections of his sports photographs, Leifer continues sharing his talent with Relentless, a behind-the- scenes memoir of his best photographs. The book showcases one hundred critical moments in the world of sports that span the last half-century.

Leifer has traveled all over the world on sports assignments. He has photographed 16 Olympic Games (7 winter and 9 summer), 4 FIFA World Cups, 15 Kentucky Derbies, countless World Series games, the first 12 Super Bowls and every important heavyweight title fight since Ingemar Johansson beat Floyd Patterson in 1959. He has photographed his favorite subject, Muhammad Ali, on almost 60 different occasions—covering his biggest fights and over 30 one-on- one studio sessions.

While Neil Leifer is now a full-time filmmaker, producer and director; there is a very good chance that you’ll spot him, camera in hand, at any big championship fight. “Boxing” says Leifer “is the one sport I still love shooting.”

 

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