Getty Images sports is today celebrating the 50th anniversary of photo agency Allsport.
Founded by Tony Duffy and John Starr here’s how it started in 1968….
On the 18th October 1968 at the National Stadium in Mexico City, Bob Beamon of the United States leapt 29 feet, 2½ inches, 8.90m to win gold and set an Olympic record during the Men’s Long Jump event at the XIX Summer Olympics. The moment was captured by practicing accountant and amateur photographer Tony Duffy, a major sports fan who had ambushed his way to the side of the track for the event. Tony tucked away his camera and continued on his holiday. Once back in London weeks later, Tony showed the photo to some friends who recognised what an incredible photo he had and encouraged him to send it to some papers. He did, and the picture was quickly picked up by news organisations. Tony saw potential for a sports photography agency and Allsport, the world’s first dedicated sports photo agency was born. In 1998 Allsport became Getty Images Sport.
Tony told PAN when we asked him what his original vision had grown into: “I try to check Getty Images’ sports coverage on a daily basis and I’m constantly impressed with what they have achieved. I also admit to a feeling of pride and satisfaction to see my original vision taken to such heights. Getty’s coverage has become a synonym for excellence in shooting sports events.”
Pan asked Ken Mainardis (SVP Global Editorial at Getty Images) to select his favourite Allsport images , a few are below – view Ken’s full choice for PAN here
Great thanks to Julia Holmes at Getty Images for her help getting this article together …all the best for a very ‘busy’ future Julia!