Ali Jumping Rope

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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
Ali Jumping Rope
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sheet and image: 13 3/8 x 9 in. (34.0 x 22.8 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
  • Figure group – male
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Occupation – sport – boxing
  • Portrait male – Clay Cassius – full length
  • Portrait male – Ali, Muhammad – full length
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