January 17 – March 30, 2003
During the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, 12 talented and accomplished photographers were presented a once in a lifetime opportunity. Given unprecedented access by the Olympic Committee, the photographers set out to capture the true human spirit of the winter games.
The result is “The Fire Within,” a unique collection of images depicting athleticism, emotional triumph, hopes and perseverance unlike any sports photography seen before. “The Fire Within” exhibit opens at the Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Road, Winchester, on Jan. 17 and will run through March 30.
“The Fire Within” exhibition is excerpted from the official, limited edition Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games commemorative book of the same name and features the work of photographers Andy Anderson, David Burnett, Albert Colantonio, Steven Currie, Chad Holder, John Huet, Ian Logan, Raymond Meeks, Sheila Metzner, Tibor Nemeth, Elisabeth O’Donnell and Michael Seamans.
“Photographers have not been given exclusivity to photograph the Olympics for artistic intent since 1936,” explained photographer John Huet, who was asked by the Olympic Committee to produce the commemorative book. “This freedom allowed us to capture emotions and Olympic moments that have not been seen before.”
The unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access and lack of deadline pressure allowed the artists to use equipment and techniques not generally associated with sports imagery. In doing so, they were able to build a rapport with their subjects and capture the rarely seen beauty, power and emotion behind the competition. For veteran photo journalist David Burnett this meant the freedom to shoot with a $30 Holga camera known for its unpredictable results, while Raymond Meeks created a studio within the Olympic village and used 19th century collodion photographic processes and 8×10 glass plate negatives to produce startling and sensual black and white portraits.
“This collection offers visitors the opportunity to view a profoundly unique exhibition that introduces a new perspective to sports photography,” says Blake Fitch, executive director of the Griffin Museum. “It is rare to gather together 12 photographers of this caliber and with such diverse backgrounds and achieve this level of success.”