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The Catch (Not the Throw)

May 11, 2009
May 11, 2009

Table of Contents
May 11, 2009

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
SLIDE SHOW
KENTUCKY DERBY
NBA PLAYOFFS
  • If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, then you are like Denver's Chauncey Billups, the most serene performer at the toughest times

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The Catch (Not the Throw)

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME. Any sports photographer will tell you that's half the battle. Carl Iwasaki's picture of Joe Montana's game-winning throw didn't even merit inclusion in the game story. (It ran only when Montana retired in 1995.) Meanwhile, Walter Iooss Jr. had set up in the end zone and snapped a soaring Dwight Clark in what has become one of the magazine's enduring images (as the abundant yellow stickers on the slide attest). Iooss's picture, though, was the result of more than positioning. He'd been shooting the beginning of this play with a telephoto lens, but as he saw the action coming his way, he quickly switched to a camera around his neck with a 50-millimeter lens, better suited to close-up action. He framed the moment perfectly. Clark and Montana weren't the only ones to come through in the clutch that day.

This is an article from the May 11, 2009 issue

TWO PHOTOSPhotograph by CARL IWASAKI, January 10, 1982NFC Championship GAME (above, left)PHOTOPhotograph by WALTER IOOSS JR., January 10, 1982NFC Championship GAME (left)