Neil Leifer Exhibit

Possibly one of the greatest sports photographers in history, Neil Leifer has dedicated his life to capturing some of the greatest moments in sports history through the art of photojournalism. At the age of only 15, Leifer sent images to Sports Illustrated capturing highlights of the famous 1958 Colts vs. Giants game, which was the first game in NFL history to go into overtime. Even though he had not even finished grade school, the staff at Sports Illustrated took him under their wing and helped shape him into the world-renowned photographer that he is today. Now on display at Caesars Palace, visitors can see a lifetime of Neil Leifer’s work on display in a permanent art gallery in the Augustus Tower of the casino. Highlighting some of his greatest photos of Olympic stars throughout history, the exhibit is set up to honor the current athletes competing in this year’s Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

At the gallery, guests will be able to view photographs from Leifer’s 18-month journey across the globe that highlights Olympic athletes on their journey to the 1984 Olympic Games. Amazing photographs on display include gymnast Koji Gushiken balancing on rings at Mount Fuji, the Black Power Salute with Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 games, and the famous Dream Team photo with U.S. basketball stars Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson in the 1992 Olympic games.

Neil Leifer went on to shoot over 150 covers for Sports Illustrated magazine before moving on to pursue a career at Time. Leifer was known for his unconventional methods of capturing photographs. During the heavyweight championship of 1966, Leifer placed a camera in the rafters of the Houston Astrodome in order to capture the famous shot of Muhammad Ali standing over Cleveland Williams after knocking him out. On display at the gallery, guests will also view photos of the Secretariat winning the Kentucky Derby, photos of presidents, and many more memorable moments that were made famous by the spectacular photographs that captured them forever. The exhibit is open daily from 9 am - 9 pm in the Augustus Tower at Caesars Palace.