WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On Friday, Nov. 18, the Newseum will open its newest exhibit, “Photo Finish: The Sports Photography of Neil Leifer.” The exhibit features a career-defining selection of photographs taken by renowned photographer Neil Leifer, the man behind the camera during some of the greatest moments in sports. Leifer, who was 18 when his photos first graced the coveted real estate on the front of Sports Illustrated, went on to become one of the most celebrated sports photographers in history.
“Photo Finish” includes nearly 50 of Leifer’s best-known images, including one of the most famous sports photographs of all time: boxer Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston after knocking him out in the first round of their 1965 title fight. In 1999, Sports Illustrated selected the photo for the cover of the magazine’s special issue, “The Century’s Greatest Sports Photos.”
Among the other memorable moments captured in “Photo Finish” are Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi being carried off the field by his players after the team’s 1968 victory in Super Bowl II, Secretariat en route to winning the Kentucky Derby in 1973 and the “Thrilla in Manila,” the epic 1975 heavyweight title fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Each photograph is accompanied by the story behind the image, told in Leifer’s own words. The exhibit also includes a Newseum-produced video in which Leifer talks about his photos and his famous subjects….