Phil O'Connor's 21 Years Of Cycling Photography, Published by Wheelmark with Sport & Publicity.
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This wonderful book is a great tribute to Phil’s
amazing work. It covers 21 years of his remarkable and passionate
cycling photography. A STRICTLY LIMITED EDITION OF TWO THOUSAND COPIES
ONLY WAS PRINTED. Phil’s talent can and is put to work in many
other areas of photography. But his undoubted passion and talent for
cycling photography is captured uniquely in this fine book.
This is a rare and precious book. It has been compiled from photographs
taken by Phil O’Connor in his 21 years as a specialist
photographer of cycling events. What is so unique about this collection
is that it not only contains photographs of the heroes of the Tour de
France but also includes many of the British champions of the past two
decades and images of ordinary clubmen going about the sport they love.
In this book Phil O’Connor captures the very essence of cycle
sport in a collection that will appeal both to the committed cyclist as
well as to those who love photography. During the past 21 years
Phil’s work has been published in specialist magazines and the
general media across the world. Here, for the first time, his best and
favorite work is gathered in one volume .The sport of cycling lends
itself to photography in a way that most other sports do not. Cycling
takes place on a variety of terrain, the cobbles of northern France and
the mountains of the south, the crowded indoor velodromes and the farm
tracks of cross-country races. This book shows them all and includes
evocative images of that most British of sports – the early
morning time trial as well as photographs of mountain bike racing,
cyclo-cross, track racing, the one-day classics and the great European
Luke Evans. (A past editor of Cycle Sport and top cycling journalist
Reviews of Phil O'Connor's 21 years of cycling photography:
Reviewed by John Stevenson for cyclingnews.com
For thousands of British cycling fans, Phil O'Connor is
their eyes at the races. O'Connnor's 22-year career has taken him to
countless races in Europe, across the pond to the US and all the way
round the world to Australia. This book contains O'Connor's best and
favourite work, gathered together for the first time.
Your average working sports shooter has no problem catching the speed
and dynamism of bike racing, but O'Connor's talent - and it really
shines through the 144 pages of this book - is in capturing
expressions. Open up almost any page and you're struck by the sheer
variety of emotion bike racers undergo, from Florian Rousseau's ecstasy
after his Olympic keirin win in Sydney to the demoralized agony of two
riders from British team ANC-Halfords climbing Alpe d'Huez in the 1987
Tour de France.
O'Connor also captures the huge range between those two extremes: Sean
Kelly seemingly reveling in his own sheer power as he approaches the
finish of a time trial in the Three Days of De Panne; Bernard Hinault
powerful but supremely confident on the Puy de Dome; Chris Boardman
just allowing himself a smile as he crosses the line in the 1994 Tour
prologue; David Millar and Jeremy Hunt goofing around on Berkshire
country lanes; and you can almost hear Tony Doyle grunt as he slings
Charly Mottet into the fray at the Paris Six.
If it sounds like there's an English and Anglophone bias here, there
is, and that's both a strength and a weakness. I'd like to have seen
more riders from the European mainland, though all the important riders
of the last 20 years are here. For non-British readers, though, I
suspect the insight into the unusual and often eccentric world of
British domestic racing will be illuminating. There aren't many parts
of the world where time trials start before dawn and the participants
include a rider clad all in pink and riding a tricycle! They're here,
as are a couple of hundred cyclo-cross racers carrying their bikes up a
hill in Yorkshire for the Three Peaks race, and a handful of 80s pros
having a wonderful time in early-season sleet.
The tone of O'Connor's images indicates a deep affection for his
subject matter and this carries across into his commentary on the
pictures. He also clearly relishes the challenge of shooting more than
just the road discipline - there are cross-country and downhill
mountain bike images here, as well as plenty of track and cyclo-cross.
I doubt that any cycling fan can have too many books of cycling
photography, but this is one that deserves a place in your library for
its range and variety as well as the excellence of O'Connor's images.
Reviewed by AMAZON.COM:
On the back cover this is described as a rare and precious book: IT IS
A WORK OF LOVE BOTH BY THE AUTHOR AND BY THE PUBLISHERS. IF YOU LIKE
CYCLING OR GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY THEN DON'T MISS THIS TITLE.
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