The Brennan Photo Collection

Welcome to the Michael Brennan Photo gallery!  We offer museum quality signed limited edition fine art photographs by award winning British photographer Michael Brennan. Mr. Brennan's photographs are collected and owned by many famous celebrities, athletes, galleries, museums and loads of private collectors.  Follow the links below to view and collect our stunning selection of Michael Brennan's photographs.

 

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A Life In Pictures by Robert Isenberg

A life in pictures

11/13/2014 (original URL http://www.ticotimes.net/l/a-life-in-pictures )

Years ago, back in his native England, a young Michael Brennan was working as a grunt for The Croydon Times. He liked the job and working for a newspaper, but he had always fancied himself a proper reporter. One day, he asked a higher-up employee what his prospects might be writing for the paper.

He was 21 years old and had grown up in working-class Sheffield. He had never handled a serious camera in his life. He couldn’t afford the Rolleiflex that he coveted, so he ended up buying a cheaper Yashica. He fiddled with the camera on his own, and colleagues gave him basic instructions, but Brennan didn’t study in a regular classroom. He didn’t take workshops or go on photo-walks. He dove headfirst into the trade, snapping pictures for The Croydon Times, then The Sunday People and The Daily Herald. He worked his way through the ranks, photographing a wide range of subjects.

In 1967, Brennan found himself on the edge of a large body of still water in England’s Lake District. He was supposed to witness the pilot Donald Campbell as he attempted to break the water speed record in the hydroplane Bluebird K7. The day was expected to be historic, but it took a tragic turn. Campbell launched forward, slowed, then turned around, hoping to make a second attempt. The hydroplane lifted off the surface and crashed into the water, killing Campbell and wrecking the vehicle.

Brennan took a quick burst of pictures as the hydroplane crashed. He felt confident that he had captured something, though it was impossible to say what he had culled from the seconds-long cartwheel. When the pictures were developed, Brennan discovered he had taken three perfect shots: the hydroplane in midair, then smashing into the water.

The photos appeared in LIFE magazine. Brennan won the British News Picture of the Year Award.

Today, he is among the most acclaimed living photographers in the world.

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Read what people are saying about Brennan's photographs!

“I can feel the texture of all the sweat and hard work. I can feel my life.” (Ali had this to say the very first time he saw the now famous '1977' photograph)

Muhammad Ali

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“Michael Brennan’s portrait of Muhammad Ali from 1977 is an extraordinary, historically-significant photograph, and we are thrilled to add it to the Permanent Collection of the National Portrait Gallery"

 

Frank H. Goodyear Associate Curator of Photographs
National Portrait Gallery - Smithsonian Institution.

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“Michael Brennan's iconic 1977 portrait photograph of Muhammad Ali captures something far bigger and deeper than just the beautiful face of a beautiful man.  It is a detailed map of the personal journey of one whose incomparable talents and audacity caused literati to swoon, taught a generation to question authority, and ultimately altered the path of a society which had never before seen a man exactly like him.  For tens of millions of us born as baby boomers, the gradual dissolution of the power portrayed in those features has both embodied and reflected the gradual dissolution of our youth.  To look at him the way he was then is to remember, with joy and sorrow, who we all once were.”

 

Jim Lampley
Boxing commentator, HBO Sports

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Signed Muhammad Ali Photography by Michael Brennan

Ali signing Brennan's Iconic "1977" photograph. 

 

Michael Brennan with Muhammad Ali:

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