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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Newseum to present legendary photos of legendary sports photographer Neil Leifer

The right moment at a sports event is notoriously hard to capture but photographer Neil Leifer was usually there to record not only sports plays, but history.

The Newseum has brought together 50 of Leifer’s famous shots in a retrospective called “Photo Finish: The Sports Photography of Neil Leifer.” The show will be on view from November 18 to March 18.

Without a doubt the exhibit will include Leifer’s photography of Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston during their heavyweight championship bout in 1965.

Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston 1965 (Neil Leifer 1965)
Leifer, now 68, had an active career for 50 years, creating many memorable magazine covers, including about 170 for Sports Illustrated. His first big catch was at age 16 when he photographed the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts at Yankee Stadium in what has been called the “greatest game ever played.” Leifer captured the winning touchdown.

Yogi Berra hitting a 3-run home run in the 1961 World Series (Neil Leifer 1961)
The show will include unforgettable athletes, such as Yogi Berra, Mary Lou Retton, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Pele and five photos of Ali--Leifer’s favorite subject.

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