Iconic 60s & 70s Lifestyle & Sports Photography
Chris Smith & John Reader
Chris Smith's career in sports photography started at the Observer in 1970. Six years later he joined the The Sunday Times, where he worked for over thirty years. He won The Sports Photographer of the Year four times and the Individual Sports Picture of the Year twice.
Chris covered every major sporting event including rugby and football world cups, horse racing, cricket, athletics, sailing and boxing.
This collection features a selection of Chris most renowned shots of Muhammad Ali. The images reveal the complex personality of one of sport’s most controversial and best loved characters. The works portray Ali's composure and confidence as well as his wit, intelligence and theatrical personality.
John Reader was a London-based photojournalist during the busy 60s and 70s, regularly on assignment at home and abroad for the Sunday Times, Observer and Telegraph magazines as well as for foreign publications – among them Paris Match, Stern, Epoca, Time and, in particular, for LIFE Magazine.
The subjects he covered ranged from the heart-rending – the Aberfan disaster, to the exotic – the Kings of Africa. The images are distinguished by his ability to capture the expressive off-script moment – as evidenced in the pictures exhibited here of Michael Caine filming Billion Dollar Brain in Finland, 1967, a Rolling Stones recording session in1967, and Yoko Ono & John Lennon in1968.