Ken Regan Knockout: The Art of Boxing

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Knockout: The Art of Boxing

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Ken Regan was a young photographer in 1964 when he covered Muhammad Ali's first fight: his historic victory over Sonny Liston in Miami Beach. Afterward, the young photographer embarked on a life-long love affair with the sport of boxing.

For the next four decades, Regan would go on to chronicle the greatest fights and the greatest fighters of the age. His extraordinary photographs include many of the most enduring images ever created in the annals of boxing, as well as portraits of notable trainers, managers, promoters, writers, and the whole panoply of celebrities associated with the sport. Featuring some of the greatest ring action in boxing history, Knockout takes us from sparring sessions and press conferences to weigh-ins and post-fight sessions.

Knockout also features Regan's compelling stories and firsthand accounts of his amazing photographic journey into the heart of boxing. Beginning with his early magazine work shooting prizefights and throughout the following decades, Regan developed close personal friendships with some of the greatest fighters. Regan captures intimate moments showing fighters with their families at home and on the road. With numerous black-and-white and color images, many of them seen here for the first time, Knockout is destined to be one of the most celebrated books ever published on the subject of boxing.

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Ken Regan began his career in photography by covering sports events such as the World Series, Super Bowls, the Olympics, heavyweight championship boxing, hockey, basketball, tennis, and auto racing. In the 1970s, Regan's scope expanded to the political to include coverage of campaigns, demonstrations, the Kennedy family, and wars in Vietnam, Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. He has also toured with the world-renowned rock and roll musicians and has a vast archive of photographs of Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, and many others. Regan has more than two hundred magazine covers to his credit, and his work has been featured in such publications as Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Time, Sports Illustrated, Life, Newsweek, Paris Match, and People magazine. Ken Regan is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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In an introduction, Liam Neeson surmises that sports photographer Regan was "the only photographer who anticipated what would happen" in the famous Zaire match between Muhammad Ali and the "unstoppable" George Foreman; the proof's in his iconic photo of Ali coming off the ropes to surprise everyone, just one example of Regan getting the shot that nobody else does. This stunning coffee table book chronicles Regan's 40-plus year career, from his early days following fighters like Floyd Patterson and Sonny Liston up to the present day. There wasn't a big fight that Regan didn't cover, from the first Clay vs. Liston fight to the infamous Tyson vs. Holyfield II, in which Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield's ear. Each chapter focuses on a different fighter, with a short essay to abut Regan's dramatic full-bleed photos and plates. The most compelling material covers Regan's more personal relationships, foremost among them his friendship with Mike Tyson; the controversial heavyweight comes across less as a pugilist mad dog than a perpetual adolescent. Exquisitely reproduced in both glossy and matte format, Regan's photos don't shy away from the violence of the sport, but neither do they shirk its beauty, grace, humor and camaraderie.
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