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Gerry Cranham

Artist Biography

Born in 1929, Gerry Cranham is a British photographer, who is widely regarded as the foremost practitioner in international sports photography.

After five years in the army and a career in athletics (middle-distance running), Cranham became a coach. He used his passion for photography, in his work as a trainer using photos of the athletes to correct a stance, or analyse a stride. In 1957 he began his career as a photographer full time, sticking with his favourite subject matter, and publishing his first photo at the age of 28.

He was an early pioneer of colour photography, with a strong focus on composition and framing. Though now retired, he remains a force and inspiration in the world of sports photography.

Cranham has collaborated with eminent newspapers and magazines such as The Watch, Sports Illustrated, Time and The Evening Standard. His work is held in the permanent collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum and his archive is represented by Offside Sports Photography.

We are delighted to offer a series of first edition prints by Gerry Cranham created especially for The Spirit Of 66 exhibition, celebrating 50 years since 1966.