Walter Loss Jr & Neil Leifer

Sports and Art

Walter Loss Jr & Neil Leifer

Is sport an art? It is both a daunting and (seemingly) paradoxical question that has haunted me ever since I was a kid. They are my two great loves. To try to separate them feels unjust, but to deny their differences feels like I'm undermining their qualities. Either way, throughout history sport has at least been a constant and rich focal point as the subject of artist's work. And I think sport's artistry has never been clearer than in the photos of Loss Jr and Leifer, two giants in their field, that climbed Mount Olympus with a Leica and brought back photos of Gods and printed them on the glossy pages of Life. Bless them.