What’s it like to photograph a World Cup?

Getty Images’ veteran photographer Michael Regan talks about his favourite photos and going behind the scenes

More than 1.5 million images will be taken by photographers working for Getty Images, the photo agency, at this summer’s World Cup – and that’s just a fraction of the total number shot by the entire press pack. Yet only a handful will be recalled in years to come among the tournament’s defining images.

“For me a great football picture is a moment that gets captured that people don’t necessarily appreciate on TV,” says veteran photographer Michael Regan, who’s in Russia for his fourth World Cup. “A little moment like the one of Maradona getting past the Belgium wall [in 1982],” he adds, referencing one of the most iconic and misunderstood images of old. “It’s an example of where football photography can tell it’s own story.”

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