With the London Olympics having drawn to a close, we thought it was a perfect time to look back at Neil Leifer's famous spread in Time Magazine's 1984 Olympic games preview edition, in which the photographer traveled to 13 countries over the course of a year in order to photograph some of the world's most famous athletes in front of the iconic symbols of their respective nations. The portfolio was recently revived by Lightbox in anticipation of the London 2012 Olympics and the images were also put on display in a recent exhibition at the Newseum, titled Photo Finish: The Sports Photography of Neil Leifer. Perhaps what makes these images so spectacular today is the fact that Leifer did not artificially alter conditions at any point during the year-long shoot. “It took weeks to set up each shoot,” says Leifer. “And there’s not a single one of these pictures where I use any artificial lighting.” In an age where doctoring images has become the norm, the fact that one man (and assistant Anthony Suarez) persevered to get the perfect shot at each location is truly awe-inspiring. The portfolio captured the imagination of the world upon its publication, expressing the true essence of Olympic competition through its grand symbolism and harmony with nature. Read more here: http://lightbox.time.com/2012/07/24/neil-leifer-around-the-world/#ixzz22xx8zu5k
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