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THE BEST OF LEIFER

40 Years of Photographs by Neil Leifer


Santa Fe--Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is pleased to announce the exhibition "THE BEST OF LEIFER". The exhibition opens with a reception for the photographer on October 4, and continues through November 17. Neil Leifer became a professional photographer while still in his teens. Beginning in 1960 as a freelancer, his pictures began regularly appearing in every major national magazine, including the Saturday Evening Post, Look, LIFE, Newsweek, Time and, most often, Sports Illustrated.

In August 1972, Leifer became a staff photographer for Sports Illustrated . He left Sports Illustrated in February 1978 and became a staff photographer for Time magazine. In 1988 he was made a contributing photographer at LIFE magazine and spent the next two years dividing his time between Time and LIFE magazines. Leifer left Time, Inc. in 1990. By that time, his photographs had appeared on more than 200 Sports Illustrated, Time and People covers.

Leifer has published 10 books, 5 of which have been collections of his sports photographs. His 1978 Abrams book, "Sports", was hailed by many reviewers as the best of its kind ever. His newest book "The Best of Leifer"; a collection of over forty years of his sports and non-sports pictures was published by Abbeville Press in 2001.

Leifer has traveled all over the world on sports assignments. He has photographed 15 Olympic Games (7 winter and 8 summer), 4 World Soccer Cups, 15 Kentucky Derbies, countless World Series games, the first 10 Superbowls and every important heavyweight title fight since Floyd Patterson beat Ingemar Johansson to regain the title in 1960. He has photographed his favorite subject, Muhammad Ali, on almost 60 different occasions and more than 20 one-on-one photo sessions. One of Leifer's best-known images is the iconic photograph of a glowering Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston after knocking him out in 1965.

While Neil Leifer now devotes almost 100% of his time to producing and directing films, there is a very good chance that you'll spot him ringside, camera in hand, at any big heavyweight championship bout. "It is the one sport I still love shooting."

Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, Summit Meeting, Dec. 1987

Muhammad Ali Kos Cleveland Williams, Houston, Texas, Nov. 1966

1963 World Series Final Game - Sandy Koufax (jumping/celebrating), Maury Wills, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA


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