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Neil Leifer's 'Relentless' and the art behind some of sports' most famous photographs

Neil Leifer's 'Relentless' and the art behind some of sports' most famous photographs

On a chilly December day in 1958, budding photographer Neil Leifer finagled his way into Yankee Stadium for the NFL championship game between the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts. Without any credentials, he embedded himself 10 yards behind the goal line, a Yashica-Mat camera safely hidden in his jacket. In sudden death overtime, Leifer took one shot of Colts running back Alan Ameche tumbling into the end zone, the football firmly in his clutches. It would become one of the most famous sports pictures of all time. Leifer had just turned 16.

Over the next 50 years, his work would grace nearly 200 covers of Sports Illustrated and Time. He captured Olympic Games, Kentucky Derbies,...

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