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In 1966, when Thomas Hoepker was a young staff photographer at STERN magazine, he was asked to cover a fight in London with the then unknown boxer, Cassius Clay. He had recently changed his name to Muhammed Ali. Hoepker spent a few days with Ali, who was going to fight the British heavyweight champion, Brian London. “We followed Muhammad to the gym, and just stayed close when he was being chauffeured around town or visiting a tailor’s shop and London’s Saville Row, being measured for his first bespoke suit,” says Hoepker. Here, Ali is scared by a bee while visiting a movie set.

I am not an artist. I am an image maker

Thomas Hoepker

Thomas Hoepker studied art history and archeology, then worked as a photographer for Münchner Illustrierte and Kristall magazines between 1960 and 1963, reporting from all over the world. Specializing in reportage and stylish color features, he received the prestigious Kulturpreis of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie in 1968.

As well as numerous critically acclaimed photo projects, he worked as a cameraman and producer of documentary films, including the award winning Death in a Cornfield. Hoepker currently lives in New York. He shoots and produces TV documentaries together with his wife, Christine Kruchen.

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