The Sport Pages: Gorgeous Gift Books!

 

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As our final Gift of Sport guide of the season, we give the hot holiday sport themed books of 2016. From yoga to cycling to boxing, skiing, skateboarding and more, these gorgeous photography and illustrated books are the perfect addition to any coffee table.

 

 AMERICAN THOROUGHBRED

By Neil Latham

The monumental size of American Thoroughbred fits the grandeur of the subject matter. A slipcased limited edition, the book holds a collection of large-scale black and white photographs of America’s greatest thoroughbreds and represents a 3-year journey in which Latham fully immersed himself into the sport of horse racing. Convincing the most notable owners and trainers to let him photograph their multimillion-dollar racehorses, the project took him from the racetrack of Saratoga to the horse farms of Kentucky to the ranches of Southern California, where he photographed such thoroughbred legends as A.P. Indy, Curlin, Tapit, Rachel Alexandra, and Zenyatta — as well as American Pharoah, 2015’s heralded Triple Crown winner. Just in time for the holidays, the buyer can receive an 8×10” silver gelatin print, handmade by the artist in his darkroom, by sending proof of purchase to info@neillatham.com.
 

 

THE ULTIMATE SKI BOOK

By Gabriella Le Breton, Foreword by Franz Klammer

The Ultimate Ski Book documents the story of skiing through the centuries, capturing the essence of the world’s most popular winter activity through spellbinding photography and inspiring text. From the first ski superstars and most memorable ski fashions; to the world’s best resorts and most prestigious chalets; to the favorite resorts and steepest runs — The Ultimate Ski Book encapsulates everything skiers love about the sport. Read More

 

Slim Aarons: The Sporting Life

 
American society girl Minnie Cushing carries her surfboard under her arm. Sprouting Rock Beach Club, Newport, Rhode Island, September 1965. All photos by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

 

Now on chic coffee tables everywhere is Slim Aarons:Women, the newest monograph of Slim Aarons photographs. As chronicler of the lives of the rich and aristocratic in the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s, Slim Aarons was unrivaled. His photographs are the embodiment of “the good life”, which of course includes the sporting life. Skiing in Austria, waterskiing in Antibes, surfing in Newport, canoeing in Lake Tahoe, and snorkeling in Bermuda are a few of the “leisure” activities, as Aarons and his subjects would refer to them, featured in the book.

Princess Lucy Ruspoli stands in front of a colourful wall of old skis in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, February 1979. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Princess Lucy Ruspoli stands in front of a colourful wall of old skis in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, February 1979. 

 

Aarons served as a photographer in World War II, and when it was over turned his camera in the opposite direction. According to the author of Slim Aarons:Women, Laura Hawk, who was Aaron’s assistant for over a decade, it was “people seeking pleasure” that inspired him, and he absolutely loved shooting sports. What became his niche of photographing the super wealthy was by accident, but it was there that he found the splendor in these activities and he was always looking for a new sporting angle. Hawk described one of their many trips to St. Moritz, when Aarons had heard about a new sport called “ski joering” at the famed Palace Hotel, where skiers were being across the ice pulled by a horse. He couldn’t wait to photograph it. Recalls Hawk, “Slim ran out into the middle of the track to get it head on. He was like a child about it. He loved the adrenaline rush!”
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Who Shot Sports

 

 

Now on view at the Brooklyn Museum is Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present — one of the most comprehensive presentations of sports photography ever organized. Encompassing approximately 230 works — from daguerreotypes and salted paper prints to digital images — the photographs capture unforgettable moments in sport history and celebrate the universal appeal of sports that transcend the competition.
 
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Curated by Gail Buckland, a companion book, Who Shot Sports, accompanies the exhibition. The creator and editor of Who Shot Rock & Roll, Buckland shows the range, cultural importance, and aesthetics of sports photography through the work of 165 extraordinary photographers that include Richard Avedon, Toni Frissell, LeRoy Grannis, Ernst Haas, Walter Iooss, Jr., Heinz Kleutmeier, Stanley Kubrick, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Neil Leifer, Martin Munkacsi, Edward Muybridge, Leni Reifenstahl, Howard Schatz, Flip Schulke, George Silk, and Andy Warhol – among many others.
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Sporty Beach Reads: Summer 2016

 

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Hanging at the beach or chilling on the porch, there’s nothing like a good book to keep you company on a hot summer day… and a rainy one too. From literary masterpieces to trashy bestsellers, new releases to old classics, here are 9 of our favorite sporty beach books for Summer 2016. Baseball, football, surfing, climbing and more… even if you don’t like sports, we think you’ll still enjoy these timeless stories and compelling reads. 

BARBARIAN DAYS by William Finnegan (2015)

Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography, Barbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession. Says Sports Illustrated, “Reading this guy on the subject of waves and water is like reading Hemingway on bullfighting.” Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, and Africa. Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little-understood art.

SHOE DOG by Phil Knight (2016)

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands. The man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. Now, in a memoir that’s surprising, humble, unfiltered, funny, and beautifully crafted, he tells his story at last.

HOUSE OF NAILS: A MEMOIR OF LIFE ON THE EDGE by Lenny Dykstra (2016)

Nicknamed “Nails” for his hustle and grit, Lenny Dykstra approached the game of baseball — and life — with mythic intensity. During his decade in the majors as a center fielder for the legendary 1980s Mets and the 1990s Phillies, he was named to three All-Star teams and played in two of the most memorable World Series of the modern era. Tobacco-stained, steroid-powered, and booze-and-drug-fueled, “Nails” also defined a notorious era of excess in baseball. Funny, unflinchingly honest, and irresistibly readable, House of Nails makes no apologies and leaves nothing left unsaid.
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Meter: The Runner’s Review

 

 
METER:THE RUNNER’S REVIEW is the quarterly print magazine published by Tracksmith, the relatively new but old school running apparel brand. The line takes its inspiration from the classic running styles of the 1970’s, and combines the look with modern performance fabrics.

Like Tracksmith, METER celebrates the culture and heritage of competitive running. With authenticity and simplicity, the photography and design presents the grace, intensity, and beauty of competitive running at its humblest, and the stories pay homage to its fabled athletes and races. Says Matt Taylor, CEO and Co-Founder of Tracksmith, “METER gives us an opportunity to explore the edges of running culture while also celebrating the history and traditions that make it the greatest and most accessible sport in the world. There’s no other place to get these types of stories.”

 
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Available in single issue or subscription, the publications’s fourth issue is now available at Tracksmith.com. It is relay themed, with features such as: “The Women of the Penn Relays”, about the oldest track meet in the world and one at which women were not always welcome; “Izumo Ekiden”, one of Japan’s hugely popular road relays; and “Hood to Coast”, a 198-mile relay that starts halfway up Oregon’s Mt.Hood and finishes in the coastal town of Seaside.
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The Stylish Life

 

 

Recently published by TeNeues is the fabulously chic book series, THE STYLISH LIFE, with the subject of each volume the lifestyle, fashion, destinations, and iconic athletes of six different sports. Tennis, Golf, Skiing, Equestrian, Yachting, Football (soccer), each book is a photographic compendium featuring a stunning array of images, vintage and contemporary, that highlights what makes each of these sports so uniquely stylish.

 

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THE STYLISH LIFE: GOLF

This bountiful tome features the world’s most fashionable golf destinations, from tropical islands to prestigious country clubs, and takes the reader on a photographic tour of the finest courses and clubhouses. The Stylish Life: Golf delves into the illustrious pedigree of this leisurely sport with its high-profile players, chic and quirky dress code, and highlights why socialites, captains of industry, and celebrities are drawn to this sylvan sport.

John F. Kennedy playing with children © The Stylish Life Golf, published by teNeues, www.teneues.com. Photo © Estate of Stanley Tretick LLC/Corbis

 

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 THE STYLISH LIFE: SKIING

The Stylish Life: Skiing is a nostalgic and glamorous journey through alpine history that features the sport’s pioneers, superstars, celebrities, and the evolution of its resorts, fashion, equipment, and more. It looks at both the technical side and cutting-edge equipment that has evolved skiing into a fiercely competitive and popular sport, as well as the cultural side and jetsetter destinations that have created this distinctively aspirational lifestyle.

L-R: Ski resort of Courchevel, Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France © The Stylish Life – Skiing, published by teNeues, www.teneues.com. Photo © Neil Emmerson/Robert Harding World Imagery/Corbis. Mirja and Gunter Sachs © The Stylish Life Skiing, published by teNeues, www.teneues.com. Photo © Pierre Vauthey/Sygma/Corbis
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Sports Illustrated: The Early Covers

 

AUGUST 16, 1954 (PREMIER ISSUE)/AUG.8, 1955

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 MAY 28, 1973/AUG.23, 1971

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DEC.9, 1968 / AUG.9,1965

I discovered the SI VAULT a few months ago, where the cover of every Sports Illustrated issue ever published is on display. Sports Illustrated was first published in 1959 and founded by Time magazine patriarch Henry Luce. Prior to that there was no general sports magazine with a national following. At the time, many believed sports were not worthy of serious journalism, much less a magazine of their own. Read More

 
 

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