Pictures that tell more than just the story
From basketball to football, from America to Australia: the year's best photographs
Monday 11 December 1995
The art of the sports photographer is now recognised in a number of award schemes, one of the most prestigious of which is the International Olympic Committee's annual "Best of Sport" competition. The best photographs from this year's contest - the seventh - are published in a book, IOC Best of Sport Photographic Contest/Best 7 (Kensington West Productions, pounds 19.99).
The book is a wonderful collection of pictures taken all around the world. It proves that the importance of an event need have no effect on the quality of the phot-ographer's work. College basket- ball might raise little interest outside the US but the drama and bea- uty of John Biever's photograph reproduced here is undeniable.
One of the most crucial qualities a sports photographer needs is an eye for the unexpected, plus speed of thought and action. The photographs reproduced here are all colour, but the book has a strong black and white element; indeed, the Independent's Robert Hallam won the black and white portfolio section.
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