Part monograph, part travelogue, and part memoir, Sporting Life is an artistic diary combining photos, newspaper clippings, and handwritten thoughts into visually arresting collages.
Acclaimed photographer Walter Iooss, Jr. chronicles his life’s work in his own words, framing photographs of his most famous subjects: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Muhammad Ali, David Beckham, Anna Kournikova, Heidi Klum, Tiger Woods, and many others.
Many of these photographs are printed here for the very first time. Walter Iooss, Jr. has been a sports photographer since the age of 17. His work has appeared on more than 300 Sports Illustrated covers.
“I’ve always felt the moment,” Iooss says on his website. “People call me lucky, and luck is a wonderful attribute. But it’s more – it’s a sense somehow. It’s inexplicable, it happens. It’s a feeling and you just move into that direction. Someone once said that wherever I am is the perfect picture. I didn’t like the way it sounded but I believe that. It’s not that I’m positive of it deep down inside, it’s that I have to believe it. When you make that decision – ‘This is the place to go’ – you’ve got to live with it. There’s no alternative.”
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