In the Moment: Mark Cavendish favourite Tom Jenkins at London's Kings Place Gallery

By Ruth Hazard | 03 August 2012
A photo of a young male tennis player serving a ball in slow motion against the dark
Jonny Wilkinson, Rugby World Cup final (2003)© Tom Jenkins
Exhibition: In the Moment: The Sports Photography of Tom Jenkins, Kings Place Gallery, London, until 24 August 2012 and Northumbria University Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne,  31 August – 12 October 2012.

Many of us who can’t make the Olympic Games this summer will rely on images to help share great moments of sporting history.

Photographer Tom Jenkins has spent the past 20 years working to provide this glimpse into sports all over the world.

His career success has seen him recognised as Sports Photographer of the Year five times between 2001 and 2006, with stints working at the Guardian and Observer.

His greatest works have become iconic, shaping the way we understand our sports stars and giving us access to the story behind their achievements.

The display brings together a series of Jenkins’ most recognised images, including Steven Gerard kissing the Champions League Trophy, Kelly Holmes celebrating her Gold Medal and Tiger Woods halting his Ryder Cup match for a family of ducks.

In a special nod to the athletes of London 2012, there’s also Tom Daly, upside down in mid-spin on the day he was crowned Britain’s youngest-ever Olympian, and Usain Bolt winning his second gold medal at the 2008 Beijing games.

Mark Cavendish also pays tribute to Jenkins’ work, admitting the photographs “tell the story of sport better than words”.

  • Open 9am-7pm in London, Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm (4pm Friday and Saturday) in Newcastle. Admission to both exhibitions is free.

More pictures:

An image of two Olympic cyclists under a flow of blue, yellow and white
French Team Pursuit Cyclists, Manchester (2011)© Tom Jenkins
A photo of two fencers in white outfits competing against a pitch black background
Great Britain v Russia in the final of the Olympic Fencing Test Event, Excel Arena, London (2011)© Tom Jenkins
A dramatic overhead photo of a packed tennis stadium under a bright orange sunset
Sunset at the US Open tennis tournament, Flushing Meadows. New York (1993)© Tom Jenkins
A photo of people skiing around a white ice rink under a bright blue and white forest sky
Fen skating on a frozen, flooded field; it was the first time in 13 years it had been cold enough for organised races. Cambridgeshire (2010)© Tom Jenkins
A photo of various sports photos hung in black frames inside a modern art gallery
The show is in London until mid-August, then Newcastle
© Tom Jenkins
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