The Big Splash
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The Big Splash

Gerry Cranham


While most other photographers took their places on the sidelines of the athletics track at the White City stadium for the 1965 British Games, photographer Gerry Cranham, always hunting something a little different, ducked down alongside one of the steeplechase hurdles and awaited his quarry. He knew his low vantage point, combined with the mirror-like surface of the water, would offer a crisp reflection of the action and the surrounding architecture; he knew, too, that having athletes leaping over his shoulder into the drink would fill the frame with drama. The resulting image is a dynamic example of Cranham’s vision and craft – it’s also a memento of one of London’s long-lost sporting stadia. Erected for the 1908 Olympics, the 93,000-capacity venue played host to numerous British Games, as well as greyhound racing, speedway, boxing, Queens Park Rangers Football Club and a match at the 1966 World Cup before being raised in 1985 to make way for the expansion of the BBC’s headquarters. Words: Jonny Weeks


  • Presented on museum-grade C-Type matt photographic paper stock
  • Guaranteed archival quality for 100+ years
  • 30x40cm print size, dimensions include border for easy framing
  • Delivered to your door, supplied unframed
  • Printed in the UK by theprintspace
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