Gerry Cranham (born 1929) is a British photographer, who is widely regarded as the one of the foremost practitioners in sports photography.
After five years in the army and a career in athletics, 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.
Cranham has worked with many newspapers and magazines such as The Watch, Sports Illustrated, Time and The Evening Standard and his work is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Presented work is a black and white photography of Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali). He was an American professional boxer, activist and philanthropist. He is nicknamed "The Greatest" and is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century and as one of the greatest boxers of all time.
An iconic shot taken at the Territorial Drill Hall in Shepherd's Bush, London. The work is an en face portrait composed with the horizontal arrangement of a rectangular. Framed and glazed. The photography is signed lower right by the artist.
This photograph was donated to FARA Fulham.
This photography was sold at the Photographica sale at Chiswick Auctions on 16th May 2019 - LOT 197.