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Neil Leifer became a professional photographer while still in his teens. Beginning in 1960 as a freelancer, his pictures began regularly appearing in every major national magazine, including the Saturday Evening Post, Look, LIFE, Newsweek, Time and, most often, Sports Illustrated. Leifer was a staff photographer for Sports Illustrated and Time Magazine, and a contributing photographer at LIFE. By the time Leifer left Time Inc. in 1990, his photographs had appeared on more than 200 Sports Illustrated, Time and Peoples covers. Leifer has published 16 books, nine of which have been collections of his iconic sports photos.

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