I remember the first photo shot by Walter Iooss that really caught my eye. It was Dwight Clark’s amazing catch at the end of the San Francisco 49ers – Cowboys game back in 1982 that ended up on the cover of Sports Illustrated. I had just taken up photography and I was amazed at Iooss’ ability to capture the pinnacle moment of such a huge event. Of course I was not alone in my admiration of that image because it has become one of the most iconic images in SI history. But this wasn’t the only time that Walter’s work has landed on an SI cover. Walter has had his images grace the cover over 300 times, more than any other photographer in history. His groundbreaking work in sports photography has been inspiring awe and admiration for the better part of 40 years.
This past October the Newseum in Washington DC opened an exhibit of Iooss’ photographs entitled “Athlete: The Sports Illustrated Photography of Walter Iooss“. The exhibit is filled with Iooss’ classic images of some of the greatest athletes of our time including Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Serena Williams and Michael Phelps. Also on display are Iooss’ notes that give an insight into his love of sports and photography.
The exhibit runs through December 31st at the Newseum so hurry before it’s gone. I’m thinking Black Friday might be a good time to head down to Pennsylvania Ave. and check it out. For a glimpse of Walter Iooss’ imagery and his thoughts about his photography, check out the video below, courtesy of SI.com
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