Michael Gaffney: The Champ…

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Proud Galleries presented ‘The Champ: My Year with Muhammad Ali,’ an intimate photographic portrait revealing Ali the fighter, the friend, the father and the inspiration as seen through the lens of close friend and award-winning photographer, Michael Gaffney. Revealed were rare and never-before-seen photographs of ‘the people’s champion’.
Photojournalist Michael Gaffney was offered the opportunity of a lifetime: a year as Muhammad Ali’s personal photographer – travelling the world, photographing the boxer both in the ring and behind the scenes. This exhibition captures the dramatic trilogy of Ali’s fights from 1977-1978; a triumphant victory against Earnie Shavers, a devastating loss to Leon Spinks, and a redemptive win to recapture the World Heavyweight Championship for an unprecedented third time. A feat never accomplished before or since, Ali transcended his title and became one of the most extraordinary and influential athletes in history, winning the attention and hearts of millions who admired his courage and raw honesty. We are adding to our archives every week so please keep checking back and let us know anything you want to see.

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