Born in 1929, Gerry Cranham 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 as a middle-distance runner, Cranham became a coach. Initially, he used his passion for photography in his work as a trainer photographing his athletes to correct their stances, or analysing their stride. In 1957, he changed career course and became a full-time photographer, sticking with his favourite subject matter, and publishing his first photograph at the age of twenty eight. Though now retired, he remains a force and inspiration in the world of sports photography.
Cranham has worked with many newspapers and magazines such as The Watch, Sports Illustrated, Time and The Evening Standard, covering four of Muhammad Ali's fights, the 1966 and 1970 FIFA World Cups and the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games, among many other iconic sporting events. His work is held in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.