Former cricketer Steve Waugh launches new exhibition: ‘The Spirit of Cricket – India’

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© Steve Waugh
© Steve Waugh

Former Australian cricket captain and passionate photographer, Steve Waugh AO is set to showcase over 70 of his photographs  in an exhibition at The Playbox in Paddington, Sydney at the end of this month. 

The collection of images depicts scenes of cricket being played across India, from the streets of Mumbai and Jodhpur to the desert in Rajasthan and the Himalayan foothills. As a unifying factor across the images, Steve has set out to capture what he believes to be the ‘spirit’ of cricket and to present that as a visual story. 

Created with the help of Canon Australia and acclaimed photographer Trent Parke, ‘The Spirit of Cricket – India’ exhibition will be on show from 31 October 2020, until 11 January 2021.

© Steve Waugh
© Steve Waugh

Steve has shared that he picked up some helpful photography tips from the sports photographers he met on international cricket tours. He started photographing the locals in India during the trips he made there throughout his career, dating all the way back to 1986.

It was only this year, in 2020, however, that he really had the chance to spend more time getting to know locals on a personal level and dedicate himself to capturing the ‘spirit’ of cricket in India. 

Speaking on his collection, Steve said “I’m proud to share and celebrate my collection with you. I hope I’ve done the people of India justice with the showcased images, and my quest to capture the very essence and ‘spirit’ of the game and the passion of the people who love it.”

A gold coin donation is the only entry free, and bookings are not required but the gallery space does have a limited capacity of just 10 people.

Sharing the title of the exhibition, a large format photobook is also available for purchase. The photobook holds 220 of Steve’s photographs that were captured during the time he spent in India. To get your hands on a copy, you can check out the details of the book here. 

If you're particualrly interested in checking out this exhibition, we recommend you also watch this short five minute Youtube video that Steve and his team have put together about the journey of capturing the story of cricket in India. 

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