Images of the Games through History
Distributed for Reaktion Books
African American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos protesting racial segregation in the United States in 1968. Hitler watching the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Michael Phelps’ photo finish in the 100-meter butterfly to win his seventh of a record eight medals in 2008. Since its creation in 1896, the Olympic Games have produced iconic images such as these, from the second the Olympic flame is lit at the lavish opening ceremony to the moment that same flame is extinguished at its close. As billions across the globe watch this showcase of fitness, strength, and skill, few understand how the pictorial legacy of the Games continues to shape the way the events are viewed today.
1. Imaging the Ancient Olympics
2. The Birth of the Modern Olympic Games
3. A Suitable Activity for a Woman?
4. Celluloid Games
5. The Russians Are Coming! The Olympics and the Cold War
6. Olympic Transgressions: Drugs, Political Protest and Terrorism
7. Promoting the Games: Publicity and the Official Olympic Poster
8. Designs on the Olympics: From Stadia to Sporting Paraphernalia
Conclusion: An Olympic Legacy?