Graham Watson, one of the renowned professional photographers of the cycling sports has announced his retirement from taking pictures of the sport after about four decades.
His announcement comes after he spent a total of 45 years behind the lens, with 38 years spent travelling the world and capturing images from some of the renowned cycling events such as Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Paris-Roubaix, Olympic Games and a lot more.
Many of the photographs of the sport taken by Watson have become some iconic and defining images of the sport.
Writing on his website on Wednesday Morning, Watson said:
“I am no longer a cycling photographer. If you want, you can now refer to me as an ex-cycling photographer or as a former cycling photographer.
“Yes, after almost 45 years as a professional photographer and 38 years of that as a cycling photographer I am retiring – my last race was the Tour Down Under in January.”
Watson has called quits on cycling photography at the age of 6o and plans to enjoy his life after cycling while giving himself the chance to discover other things in life.
He has also considered riding a bike and probably race up and down some of the mountains he has photographed for a long time.
Watson won a photo competition organized by Cycling Magazine with a photograph of Eddy Merckx taken by him on the Champs Elysees during the Tour de France in 1977. This thus launched a career that span through four decades.
The great performances by the cyclists were one thing that remained constant. Watson said that some of his favourite riders whom he loved to photograph included Bradley Wiggins, Lance Armstrong, Sean Kelly, Laurent Fignon, Pedro Delgado, Jan Ullrich and a few others.