'In the Moment is a handsome retrospective and Jenkins mostly lets his pictures speak for him. There are subtle hints, however, at the dedication that has produced this sustained excellence.' Observer
So many people have asked me about the picture of me going down the tunnel after the Rugby World Cup final in 2003. My head is bowed and I have my hands out, simply acknowledging our supporters who had been fantastic throughout the whole tournament. It was only recently that I doscovered that that particular picture was taken by Tom Jenkins. In my view, sports photography is about many things. It's about being in the right place at the right time and it's about capturing any one particular moment and being able to tell the story of that moment by brilliant images rather than words.
I confess I know very little about the capabilities of modern-day digital cameras or, indeed, soft or hard focus although I'm sure that, technically, that shot was as good as it could be. However, what I do know is that during those precise few seconds, Tom Jenkins wasn't just in the right place at the right time but he captured the essence of that moment perfectly. I certainly view it as one of my favourite shots of what was a memorable few weeks.
Tom Jenkins has been photographing international sporting events for over twenty years. His most celebrated pictures show his unerring ability to create indelible, insightful and sometimes iconic images. His famous picture of Usain Bolt winning his second gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games has rightly become one of the most indelible images of the early 21st century. Here, for the first time, the best of his work is drawn together in one volume, proving that whether he is portraying football or rugby, tennis or cricket, cycling or sumo, Tom has an unmatched talent for seeing the bigger picture and for appreciating both the pain and the passion of sporting endeavour.
About this author
Tom Jenkins has been at the forefront of British sports photography for over 20 years. After studying documentary photography at Gwent College of Higher Education, he was soon working regularly for the Guardian and Observer. His photography has won him many awards: he was Young Press Photographer in 1990 and named Sports Photograper of the Year in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Most recently, he was awarded 2011 Sports Portfolio of the Year. Tom lives in north London with his wife and their two children.