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Kevin Durant Takes To the Sidelines for Super Bowl 50 As A Credentialed Press Photographer

By Michael Henson on February 8th 2016

Anyone that’s ever attended a Super Bowl game will tell you that it’s a magical, larger than life experience. For photographers, the opportunity to spend the game on the sidelines as a credentialed photographer for the big game is a once in a lifetime opportunity, one that came for basketball star, Kevin Durant yesterday at Super Bowl 50.


One of the best experiences of my life – my pics are up on The Players’ Tribune now:

Posted by Kevin Durant on Monday, February 8, 2016

Durant was already in town for a Saturday night basketball game and jumped on the offer to shoot the Super Bowl on behalf of The Player’s Tribune. Durant, an admitted amateur photographer (rocking the Canon 7D for those interested), goes into some detail about the experience and the difficulties that sports photographers face in the madness that is a professional sporting event. His frank discussion about his time on the sidelines and the humility he displays is refreshing.


Our own Kevin Durant is a credentialed photographer at the Super Bowl. Here’s a glimpse of the Carolina Panthers defense through his ? lens.More Super Bowl photos from KD on The Players’ Tribune soon.

Posted by The Players’ Tribune on Sunday, February 7, 2016

In a world replete with example after example of professional athletes with bad attitudes, an over-sized sense of entitlement, and a bad attitude about most anything, I expected more of the same from Durant’s article. I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of an entitled recitation of all the fun stuff I’ll probably never get to experience (I’m bitter, I know), I was met with an interesting write-up by someone that “has it made,” yet stays grateful, humble, and expresses excitement at opportunities with which they are presented.

“…before you say it, I can see the irony of ‘Kevin Durant is a member of the media for a day.’ But I had the time of my life taking sideline photos for the night. I’ve got a lot of interests outside of basketball, and one of them is doing things I haven’t done before, like stepping into the shoes of a photographer and learning about what it’s all about…”



Last night, Kevin Durant was shooting the lights out of Oracle Arena.Tonight, he’s shooting Super Bowl 50 for The Players’ Tribune.

Posted by The Players’ Tribune on Sunday, February 7, 2016

Check out Kevin’s firsthand account of his experience as a sports photographer at Super Bowl 50, and see if his height does give you some different views of the game.

“I may be just starting out, but I also like to think that at my height, I might have some different angles than other photographers.”


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Michael Henson is a St. Louis based photographer obsessed with everything creative. His photography interests span genres from still life to sports. When he’s not running around with his face to the camera or behind a keyboard writing, you can typically find a guitar in his hands or catch him out enjoying life with his family and friends.

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  1. robert s

    “I may be just starting out, but I also like to think that at my height, I might have some different angles than other photographers.”

    I agree. but then why the hell is he crouching? get that monopod extended and shoot at your height.

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    • Mike Kropf

      I could see the height coming into play over a huddle or as the team storms the field after the game, but otherwise as a general rule in sports you want to shoot low.

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  2. adam sanford

    Randy Johnson, aka The Big Unit and hall of fame baseball pitcher, is often seen on sidelines shooting with superteles. Some time ago he decided to legitimately have a go at sports and (I want to say… concert) photography.

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    • Michael Henson

      Ken Griffey, Jr. is also a sports photographer. Shoots for his son’s college football team, Arizona I think.

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  3. norman tesch

    amature? that is a nice lens for an amature. I called the packers to see about shooting next year for one game on the sidelines. they said no without even asking about my website or asking to see any of my work. so I don’t know about amature easier to define as celeberity

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    • Mike Kropf

      It usually works better to call up a news source or a wire and have them get you the credentials. An NFL team probably isn’t just going to let anyone show up and shoot from the sideline even if they have a great portfolio.

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  4. Megan Allen

    Good for him! What an opportunity to have. It’d be a blast to do that.

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  5. Daniel Thullen

    I read Kevin’s article and viewed his pictures in The Players Tribune. Kevin did pretty well. He should keep his day job though. He’s a lot better at that. I personally don’t have any problem with Kevin doing something I’d love to have a chance to shoot, but probably never will. Good for Kevin.

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  6. David Hall

    Nice job!

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