Neil Leifer is an American photographer, author and filmmaker and has been a Sony Artisan since 2014. His photography career began on his 16th birthday, when he captured the game-winning touchdown in the 1957 NFL title game, also known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” Over his 60-plus-year career, Neil has captured over 15 Olympic Games, 4 FIFA World Cup soccer tournaments, 17 Kentucky Derbies, 15 Masters golf tournaments, countless World Series games, 13 Super Bowls, and every important heavyweight boxing title fight since 1960.
Neil has more than 200 Sports Illustrated, Time, and People covers to his credit. The September 1982 black and white photo essay and cover on Prisons in America, along with the Olympic Preview essay and cover in July 1984, are the two largest photo essays ever published in Time. In February 1987, an essay on the Animals of Africa ran ten pages without text – a first in Time Magazine. The August 2004 issue of Sports Illustrated titled “The PICTURES – 50 Years of SI Photography” featured an eight-page essay of B&W contact sheets and the cover. In November 2005, Sports Illustrated featured a 13- page essay “Eyewitness” of photographs from his “2005 Senior Citizen Tour” shoot.