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Ali Jumping Rope

1966 Gordon Parks Born: Fort Scott, Kansas 1912 Died: New York, New York 2006 gelatin silver print sheet and image: 13 3/8 x 9 in. (34.0 x 22.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation © 1966, Gordon Parks Foundation 1998.121.4 Not currently on view


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Parks completed some three hundred assignments for Life magazine over a twenty-year period. He shot fashion spreads in Paris and portraits of luminaries Alexander Calder, Aaron Copland, Malcolm X, and others. In 1966, in Ali Jumping Rope, Parks caught the heavyweight champion with his back to the camera and both feet off the ground. The photograph, printed in soft tones, confirms that its maker neither interrupted Ali’s training regimen nor intruded on his personal space. In fact we see Ali’s face only in the mirror.


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012

Keywords

Ethnic - African-American

Figure group - male

Occupation - sport - boxing

Portrait male - Ali, Muhammad - full length

Portrait male - Clay Cassius - full length

photography - photoprint

paper

gelatin silver

About Gordon Parks

Born: Fort Scott, Kansas 1912 Died: New York, New York 2006

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