Inside Story" is Tim Brown’s Olympic salute
is an inside job, family project
motto is "Citius, Altius, Fortius," meaning Swifter, Higher,
Brown’s photo of a tight group of female short track skaters during
a World Cup qualifying heat at The Delta Center appears on page 17 of his
66-page "The Inside Story" magazine. Photo courtesy Sun Valley Magazine
resident Tim Brown has accomplished the equivalent with an impressive
publication called "The Inside Story."
guide to the 2002 Winter Olympics, "The Inside Story," is like
loaded Audi station wagon, both beautiful and functional.
souvenir magazine is loaded with juicy interviews and information on all
the Olympic sports under headings like Ice, Speed, Nordic, Alpine and Air.
38-year-old Sun Valley native, said the idea for the guide came from his
older sister Darby.
saw some of the official books and thought we could do something
better," Brown remarked.
magazine truly became a family project with siblings Steve and Darby doing
a lot of the writing, and Pat, Jackie and Matt offering their help in
recounted, "I went to Dave Almquist (a family friend and the magazine’s
designer) and told him I wanted to do something on the Olympics.
said, ‘you have one problem. You need a staff of writers, photographers,
designers, production people and distributors’. And I thought, well, I
have four brothers and sisters."
Also a huge
help were Tim’s wife Lisa, and daughters, Barrett, 8, and Waverly, 4.
author at the Hemingway Elementary Publishing House, reminded her dad that
he had to dedicate the magazine to someone.
it is dedicated to his immediate family. They’ve supported Tim while he
has worked on the project basically non-stop for the last three months.
labor of love.
concrete idea of exactly how the project would turn out, Brown, a
photographer for 20 years, knew he wanted "to provide information
visually that the others hadn’t done yet."
accomplished that in spades.
Inside Story," has sumptuous photos and thought-provoking interviews
with the hottest athletes going to Salt Lake City—Olympic gold medalist
Picabo Street, skeleton racer Jim Shea Jr., hockey players Mike Modano and
Joe Nieuwendyk, and aerialist Eric Bergoust.
cover all the Olympic events. Two pages on each sport," Brown said.
have four interviews with the best alpine skier, best aerialist, best
skeleton racer and best U.S. hockey players. I didn’t think it was going
to turn out near as well as it did. It’s not bad for a spud from
designed the magazine and Drew Furlong of Bellevue was the production
is responsible for the design and classy look of it. Drew put it
together," Brown said.
help from freelance photographers and stock agency Allsport and Brown’s
own work, "The Inside Story," is jam-packed full of eye-popping,
series of Jim Shea taking off on his sled to speedskaters to cross country
racers in full stride, the photos capture the speed, strength and essence
of athletes in their prime.
and figure out what the essence of the activity is. I want to show the
peak action of the sport," Brown explained.
me, the skeleton is all about the take-off. If you get a good series of a
take-off it completely explains the sport to someone who has never seen it
1982 graduate of The Community School, earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts
degree from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara.
the trade as a gopher for "Sports Illustrated" photographers and
has assisted on shoots for the U.S. Open Golf Tournament and the Breeder’s
Cup horse race.
attracted me about the SI guys is they would try and capture something
that hadn’t been done. They would try and go to the next level,"
say Brown has done the same with "The Inside Story."
Story is available locally at Atkinson Markets in Ketchum and Hailey. It
is being distributed throughout the Salt Lake City area.