Athletes in Monochrome
I have always loved Annie Leibovitz’s photobook Olympic Portraits. The book is a collection of images she captured of the U.S. Olympians leading up to the 1996 games in Atlanta. What is most striking is that she photographed all of the athletes in black and white. She brought artfulness and intentionality previously unseen in sports imagery.
Leibovitz inspired me to photograph Altamont sports in a similar fashion. The black and white medium allows the viewer a glimpse into the character of the athlete and the true emotions of the moment. Below are a few spreads from Olympic Portraits followed by my Altamont images.