Sports stars feature in Harpenden photographer’s new book

PUBLISHED: 11:30 11 September 2014

The 101st running of 'White Turf' - the European Snow Meeting 2008, on the frozen lake at St Moritz, Switzerland during the final race on the final corner of the blur ribbaned event.

The 101st running of 'White Turf' - the European Snow Meeting 2008, on the frozen lake at St Moritz, Switzerland during the final race on the final corner of the blur ribbaned event.

Marc Aspland. The Times.

Lord’s Cricket Ground will tonight (Thursday) host the launch of a book featuring the work of a highly regarded Harpenden photographer, who is still recovering from a brain haemorrhage after a cycling accident.

Alastair Cook of England holds his nerve to finally take the catch for the valuable wicket of Mike Hussey of Australia as the home and away fans show their different reactions to the unfolding drama at the Gabba during the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.
Marc Aspland for The TimesAlastair Cook of England holds his nerve to finally take the catch for the valuable wicket of Mike Hussey of Australia as the home and away fans show their different reactions to the unfolding drama at the Gabba during the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. Marc Aspland for The Times

For about a quarter of a century Marc Aspland, 50, chief sports photographer of The Times, has been capturing the highs and lows, and plenty of drama, from the sporting world.

Prominent athletes appearing in his 144-page book The Art of Sports Photography include David Beckham, Usain Bolt, Rafael Nadal, Mike Tyson, Jessica Ennis and Roger Federer.

The book, which has contributions from Jonny Wilkinson and sports journalist Oliver Holt, focuses on historical moments from some of the most important international sporting events such as Wimbledon, Formula 1 and the Olympics.

Marc described his book as a “sideways look at sport”.

Referee Joe Cortez qwickly removes the gumshield of Ricky Hatton after being knocked out in the 10th round by Floyd Mayweather Jr at the MGM Grand Hotel Arena, Las Vegas on 8th December 2007,Referee Joe Cortez qwickly removes the gumshield of Ricky Hatton after being knocked out in the 10th round by Floyd Mayweather Jr at the MGM Grand Hotel Arena, Las Vegas on 8th December 2007,

It features referee Joe Cortez removing the gumshield of Ricky Hatton after he was knocked out in the 10th round by Floyd Mayweather Jr at the MGM Grand Hotel Arena, in 2007.

Included are shots of Nadal holding aloft the Wimbledon trophy in 2008, after beating Federer.

Marc said that this photo hangs on the wall of Nadal’s home in Majorca.

The award-winning photographer is still recuperating in Harpenden after an accident in Ox Lane, Harpenden, on Friday April 11.

He was treated for severe head injuries, nerve damage and two broken collar bones after being found lying unconscious on the side of the road.

Marc was told by specialists that his injuries were similar to those suffered in a traffic collision and he suspects he was the victim of a hit-and-run.

A multitude of sports stars including Nadal, Andy Murray and England footballers have offered their support by sending him “get well soon” messages on Twitter.

The Art of Sports Photography, is published by Prestel.


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