Chris Elise was a French-born professional photographer who independently covered major sports events around the world. Having regularly worked with major photo agencies in Europe and in the USA, his work has been published internationally. He spent 16 years photographing the NBA (including 2009 Finals, 2011 Playoffs, 2012 NBA Finals and Playoffs). Based in Franklin, TN and working all around the world, Chris Elise has shot sports on four continents. He became a U.S. citizen in 2021. He is survived by his wife and two sons.