Masters of Olympic Photography: Rich Clarkson

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The Olympic Games aren't just the ultimate sporting contest—they're the ultimate proving ground for sports photography. Nowhere are there more elite athletes in one place, nowhere are your odds better for catching a world record being broken, and nowhere is the contrast between still and video coverage so stark. Throughout the 2012 Games in London, we'll be taking a look back at some of the Olympics' most iconic photos and photographers. And for some expert how-to tips from all of our featured Olympic photographers, check out the companion piece on PopPhoto.com

Rich Clarkson captured this incredible sequence in Seoul in 1988. "Greg Louganis was such an odds-on favorite," says Clarkson. "Every time he dived I would start with a 36-exposure roll of film and hold down the button to get the entire dive. I wanted to show his form. In this instance, I caught the entire sequence—including him hitting his head."

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© Rich Clarkson/Rich Clarkson and Associates
© Rich Clarkson/Rich Clarkson and Associates
© Rich Clarkson/Rich Clarkson and Associates
© Rich Clarkson/Rich Clarkson and Associates
© Rich Clarkson/Rich Clarkson and Associates
© Rich Clarkson/Rich Clarkson and Associates
© Rich Clarkson/Rich Clarkson and Associates
© Rich Clarkson/Rich Clarkson and Associates
© Rich Clarkson/Rich Clarkson and Associates
© Rich Clarkson/Rich Clarkson and Associates
© Rich Clarkson/Rich Clarkson and Associates
© Rich Clarkson/Rich Clarkson and Associates

_We'll be continuing to feature some of the Oluympic Games' most iconic photographs, and the stories behind them, throughout the London 2012 games. Stay tuned. _

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