- Title: UK: Reuters launch major new sports photography exhibition in London
- Date: 9th November 2007
- Summary: STILL PICTURE OF BRAZILIAN FOOTBALLER RONALDINHO WEARING UNIFORM OF HIS CLUB BARCELONA, SMILING IN GOAL CELEBRATION STILL PICTURE FROM PLAYERS JUMPING FOR THE BALL IN NBA BASKETBALL MATCH STILL PICTURE OF SWIMMER WITH ARMS OPEN/ FORMER WORLD CHAMPION VALENTINO ROSSI RIDING ON A WET TRACK
- Embargoed: 24th November 2007 12:00
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment / Showbiz,Sports
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- Story Text: Reuters launched a major new sports photography exhibition on Thursday (November 8) in London , examining and celebrating sport in the first decade of the new century.
The free riverside show featured 200 images, backlit with vivid colours to be enjoyed both day and night.
Located against a dramatic backdrop of London landmarks including Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the City skyline, in front of City Hall, the exhibition runs from 8 November until 25 January.
Three themed sections illustrate breath-taking action photography, the biggest sporting personalities and the rich range of sports around the world.
Moments of virtuosity, beauty, comedy, triumph, and despair are all captured through the lenses of Reuters and Action Images photographers.
Reuters senior photographer Dylon Martinez has covered news and events and captured the amazing image of England international midfielder Frank Lampard jumping in joy after scoring a goal for his football team Chelsea.
"You need a lot of luck, to be honest you really need. Anyone who tell you differently is not necessarily telling the truth and you need patience -- you got to be really patient. Some of these events, you are standing in the cold for a long time, you are standing in the rain as we are today and you just have to be able to accept that and enjoy it," he said.
Martinez, who also photographed the glorious moment when Italy captain Fabio Cannavarro lifted the 2006 World Cup in Berlin, said that at least 450 stills were taken by Reuters in the final and that new technology had helped to reduce the speed of delivery.
"For example, this picture of the World Cup, I think the newspaper desk saw that within 10 minutes, within less than 10 minutes -- of Cannavarro lifting the Cup it was in newspaper desks around the world,"
The exhibition coincided with the launch of a major new sports photography book, "Reuters - Sport in the 21st Century", published by Thames & Hudson. It features over 750 images of 120 sports in almost 60 countries and is released in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Reuters media managing director Monique Villa said that the focus was not only on the big names and that she preferred the more unsung heroes in this vast collection.
"I would have the tendency to prefer the part which the spirit of sport which is not about the heroes that well know like Tiger Woods or David Beckham. But about more special things like the 'Palio di Sienna that you have here. This is a city in Italy which come crazy twice a year for a horse race called Palio."
Former triple jumper world record holder Jonathan Edwards, who was a guest at the reception in City Hall near the Tower of London, summed up what he considered a good picture was all about.
"What amazes about still photography -- because we live in a world of moving pictures -- it that a still photograph can still capture the moment better than a moving picture," he said.
Reuters is the world's largest international news agency and is at the forefront of multimedia sports news. Its sports correspondents have been reporting from the stadiums, greens, pitches, courts, and circuits since 1860, delivering all the action as it happens. Reuters photographers distribute over 250 sports pictures each to the world's media each day, and up to 1,000 during major events.
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