Gerry Cranham

Born in 1929, Gerry Cranham is a British photographer, widely regarded as the one of the foremost practitioners in sports photography.

After a promising running career was cut short by injury, he turned to coaching and used photos of the athletes to correct a stance, or analyse a stride. In 1957 he began his career as a photographer full time, specialising with his favourite sport, athletics.

He was 28 when his first photo was published but soon made up for lost time with a meteoric rise as he was identified as a special talent by the Illustrated London News, Sports Illustrated, The Observer and many more prestigious titles.

Cranham covered four Muhammad Ali fights, the 1966 and 1970 FIFA World Cups, the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games, Wimbledon tennis championships and Formula One motor racing throughout the sixties and seventies, the early golfing careers of Player, Palmer and Nicklaus and much, much more.