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Thomas Hoepker, a member of Magnum Photos, had the opportunity to spend time with Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali and take photographs in 1960, when he won the a gold medal at the Rome Olympics, in 1966, when Ali was world heavyweight champion already, in 1970, when he restarted his career and prepared himself for the “Fight of the Century” against Joe Frazier and years later, already weakened by Parkinson´s disease. Many of these pictures have become photographic icons. But many photographs in this book are lesser known or have been unpd until now. They show Ali in private moments and public appearances outside of the ring.
Big Champ is not a biography. This exciting book highlights excerpts from a most unusual life. Together with Ali´s loudmouthed but always profound and original sayings ›Champ‹ provides a shimmering portrait of a fascinating and contradictory personality. Along the way we also experience something about the pervasive racism of his time in the U.S., Ali´s connection to the ›Black Muslims‹ and his role in overcoming the racial desegregation.
Signed by Thomas Hoepker