Sports photography legend Heinz Kluetmeirer has been named as the first photographer to be entered into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Through his career of nearly 50 years, Kluetmeirer has photographed more than 125 covers for Sports Illustrated and was twice the director of photography there. He has covered virtually every sporting event, but his experience as a high school swimmer has always lead to an affinity for the sport.
In 1988, Kluetmeirer donated his time and photography for a tabletop book on 100 years of amateur swimming that raised money for USA Swimming. His Sports Illustrated covers include Mark Spitz in the ‘70s and Michael Phelps in the most recent Olympics. He was also a pioneer in using underwater cameras to photograph swimming competitions.
He is one of 17 inductees this year to the 2017 class of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. They will be honored at a ceremony held August 25-27, in Fort Lauderdale, FL.