The art of sports photography demands a particular type of person to deliver outstanding images. First, they must be familiar with the sport they are shooting. Knowledge is essential for anticipating where the action will be. Second, a sports photographer must be as agile as the athletes. The difficult points of view and movements necessary to capture the action makes being physically fit part of the job description. There’s also the issue of lugging heavy equipment around that is necessary to get the perfect shot. Third, a great sports photographer must have that “something extra”. What is this? I describe it as an inherent aesthetic value, producing images that crush the work of the rest of the photographers out there.
Donald Miralle has all of the elements above and then some. James Colton, Photo Editor at Sports Illustrated describes Miralle this way: “He definitely sees things in a different way. And I think a lot can be learned by other photographers. They’re all at the same event, but nobody else saw the same thing”.
Miralle has a long history of getting the shot, and his record proves it. He holds over 30 international awards for his work. He has documented the most important moments of the Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series, and Pan American Games.
Miralle is at the peak of his photographic skills, and that is why he is being included in Wide Angle View, an exhibit of the top photo and videojournalists in the world. Wide Angle View will be on public exhibit from February 3 to March 26, 2011 at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, in Santa Ana, California. More details about this exhibit will be posted as the time draws near.