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Adam Pretty captures 'photographic nirvana' at Olympics

In a recent interview with NBC News's Ann Curry, Getty Images Chief Photographer Adam Pretty discusses why he loves shooting the Olympics and how he captures those special moments that occur in a blink of an eye.

This year’s Olympics are Pretty’s fifth summer games, and as a sports photographer, he believes they are the premiere event. "It's a compressed version of the human life," said Pretty. "It's the whole range of emotions in a really short space of time."

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Getty Images photographer Adam Pretty has photographed five summer games and has had the opportunity to document Michael Phelps from the beginning to the end of his Olympic career. In this photo Phelps, competes in the Men's 200m Individual Medley final.

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Sports photographer, Adam Pretty, enjoys capturing moments underwater at the Olympic summer games. "The water light, and the athletic bodies is sort of the photographic nirvana." In this photo, Noemi Batki of Italy competes in the Women's 10m Platform Diving Semifinal.

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