Jim Rice, Fenway Park, Boston, MA 8/78
Medium:Archival Pigment Print
A horizontal color photograph of a baseball player standing in front of the scoreboard. He is wearing a white uniform. There are both red and white lights on the scoreboard.
"The real joy of photography is these moments. I'm always looking for freedom, the search for the one-on-one. That's when your instincts come out."
Walter Iooss Jr. is an American photographer best known for his award-winning images of some of sports’ greatest athletes, like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Scottie Pippen and Muhammad Ali. His career began with Sports Illustrated, a magazine Iooss has contributed to for over 50 years. In 1959, at the age of 16, Iooss shot his first roll of film at a professional football game with a camera his father gave him as a gift. The following year he began studying at the German School of Photography in New York City. While there he was assigned his first project for Sports Illustrated. Only two years later he shot his first cover for the magazine. Over the years he also worked with Atlantic Records to photograph performers like James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. He also photographed an extended study of the Olympic athletes during the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, which resulted in the book “Shooting for the Gold.” His photographs have appeared in numerous magazines, advertising campaigns, and even baseball cards.