To date SI has printed more than 325 color pages. They have ranged from a prize ring in New York to the surf of Hawaii, and they have been a favorite subject of correspondence from our writing readers, among them one photographer who said, in commenting on the pictures of greyhounds in our Feb. 7 issue: "From the first I have admired your color photography, to the extent of being in awe of it. The greyhound shots are as fine as anything I have ever seen, and the successful addition of color to the action produces an effect which amounts to giving another dimension to an already wonderful subject."
Action in color photography has finally come fully into its own in the period since World War II. Among the photographers outstandingly responsible for this are two of SI's own: Hy Peskin, who brought a fresh and nonconforming approach to the whole subject of action-color in a series of brilliant studies during the forties; and Mark Kauffman, who, during the experimental phase of SI, developed an easily portable telephoto unit. Kauffman's unit, by increasing both maneuverability and penetration, carried the camera as far into the heart of any action as it is possible to go. Readers may recall his almost startling examples of this in the bullfighting scenes in SI's Jan. 17 issue or the "inside-the-play" football pictures of the Sept. 27 and Nov. 15 issues.
This week's issue brings the bright enamels of midget autos (page 19); next week, some of the nation's loveliest golf holes and professional basketball under the lights; in later issues, Florida's flamingos, free ballooning, wrestling, baseball and sailing.
The pictorial beauty of sport lies in its arenas, fields, and settings, which do not move; and in its action, which hardly seems to stop. Once the enjoyment of these things in their full color was limited to an instant flash before the eyes of immediate spectators. Now throughout the year the cameras of SI record for readers across the nation both the scenes and acts of sports, not only as they were in the flash of an instant but as they will timelessly and colorfully endure.