London, United Kingdom, November 23, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- New online gallery, Storiesonwalls.com has brought one of the most dramatic sporting contests ever, the 1966 World Cup Final, back to centre stage with a newly curated exhibition comprised of works 15 full colour works by esteemed sports photographer Gerry Cranham, featuring a personal narrative of the game by hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst, himself.
On a glorious July afternoon, almost 100,000 fans packed into the iconic Wembley Stadium and a record 26 million tuned in on television, many buying their ﬁrst sets especially for the occasion. What they witnessed was one of the most dramatic sporting contests ever, still discussed, and debated 50 years later.
Gerry Cranham, a world leader in his ﬁeld, was pitchside at Wembley to take an extraordinary series of pictures that captured both the excitement and personal emotions of important figures like manager Alf Ramsey and "gentleman" Bobby Charlton. He was one of only 3 photographers to shoot the event in colour at that time.
Cranham pioneered a new wave of sports photography that was both intimate and action-packed, capturing the humanity and thrill of sport. In 1971 his work was profiled with a solo exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. His unparalleled career produced many images that went on to define sports reportage.
Along with these stunning images, visitors to the online exhibition will hear Sir Geoff Hurst as he shares his personal memories and relives his experience of the day on the pitch.
Sir Geoff secured a unique place in the history of football when he became the first and, over 50 years later, still the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup Final. Knighted in 1998 and inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2004, Sir Geoff holds a special place in the hearts of football fans and has become an iconic sporting figure.
An innovation in online galleries, Stories on Walls offers fans engaging mini-documentaries that tell the stories behind iconic or even never before seen images. Every image is available to purchase as limited edition, gallery quality prints, which can be shipped globally.
Now to mark the golden anniversary of The Golden Game, fans have a chance to purchase the next best thing to a front row seat for the final. Each image is 297mm x 420mm, comes in an edition of 500 costing £90 unframed or £230 framed.
Notes to Editors
Stories on Walls:
Launched in November 2016, Stories on Walls is the world’s first true online gallery experience bringing extraordinary, affordable exhibitions to fans by way of an advanced mini-documentary exhibition platform.
The site is home to a growing number of photo-documentaries telling the stories behind extraordinary images found in rare archives and unusual back catalogues.
Stories on Walls print promise to customers’ means that every print comes with the following:
· A signed certificate of authenticity with a uniquely numbered hologram
· A printed copy of the narrative that accompanied it in the exhibition
· Individual colour-management onto Hahnemühle Photo Rag fine art paper
as a high-res print
· A choice of 3 tasteful framing options, wooden, black or white
· Carefully wrapped and tracked, we ship quickly and safely
· Worldwide shipping and free shipping within the UK
Stories on Walls can be found online at storiesonwalls.com or on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest with the handle @Storiesonwalls or at www.storiesonwalls.com
The Gerry Cranham archive boasts over 50,000 remarkable images in both black and white and colour, dating from 1959 to 1985. It includes exclusive portraits of: boxer Mohammad Ali, racing drivers James Hunt, Graham Hill, and Stirling Moss, tennis players John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg, and snooker’s Alex Higgins.
Major sporting events covered include the 1966 and 1970 Football World Cup, the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, international cricket test matches, cycle races, the Le Mans 24 Hours and many Formula One Grand Prix clashes.
Gerry Cranham pioneered a new wave of sports photography that was both intimate and action-packed, capturing the humanity and thrill of sport. In 1971 his work was profiled with a solo exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. During his career he shot for The Observer, The Sunday Times, Sports Illustrated, and Time Life Inc to name only a few.
His unparalleled career produced many images that went on to define sports reportage – from the England bench upon scoring the winning goal at the 1966 World Cup Final and Mohammad Ali in training, to amateur curling and rugby matches.
For further information and to arrange an interview with Stories on Walls, contact Medeia Cohan via email at medeia@storiesonwalls or by phone at 07493 135995.