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Walter Iooss's Art

Chicago, 1998

Chicago, 1998

Michael Jordan, Chicago, 1998 in Limited...

Chicago, 1991

Chicago, 1991

Michael Jordan, Chicago, 1991 in Limited...

Spring training, with the Chicago Whitesox, Sarasota, FL 1994

Spring...

Michael Jordan, Spring training, with the...

Grey Dunk, Los Angeles, CA 1991

Grey Dunk, Los...

Michael Jordan, Grey Dunk, Los Angeles, CA 1991...

Red Dunk, Deerfield, Ill 1992

Red Dunk,...

Michael Jordan, Red Dunk, Deerfield, Ill 1992...

Post Game Interview, Chicago, Ill 1993

Post Game...

Michael Jordan, Post Game Interview, Chicago,...

 Detroit, 1988

Detroit, 1988

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 Jordan, Chicago, 1993

Jordan,...

Michael Jordan, Chicago, 1993 in Limited...

Ankle Rehab, Hotel room, in Orlando, FL 1993

Ankle Rehab,...

Michael Jordan, Ankle Rehab, Hotel room, in...

Blue Dunk, Lisle, Ill. 1987

Blue Dunk,...

Michael Jordan, Blue Dunk, Lisle, Ill. 1987 in...

Chicago, 1996

Chicago, 1996

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Red Green and Black, Chicago 1988

Red Green and...

Michael Jordan, Red Green & Black, Chicago 1988...

Jordan and Dikembe Matumbo, Atlanta, GA 1998

Jordan and...

Michael Jordan and Dikembe Matumbo, Atlanta, GA...

Michael Jordan, Orlando, FL 1993

Michael Jordan,...

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Michael Jordan, Altered Polaroid, Secaucus, NJ, 1993

Michael Jordan,...

Michael Jordan, Altered Polaroid, Secaucus, NJ,...

Michael Jordan, 1998 Championship Celebration in Hotel Salt Lake, UT

Michael Jordan,...

Michael Jordan, 1998 Championship Celebration...

Golf, in Orlando, FL 1993

Golf, in...

Michael Jordan, Golf, in Orlando, FL 1993 in...

Rare Air, Coconut Grove 1993

Rare Air,...

Michael Jordan, Rare Air, Coconut Grove 1993 in...

MJ, Orlando, FL 1998

MJ, Orlando, FL...

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Michael Jordan, Chicago 1993

Michael Jordan,...

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  • Member Status: PLATINUM
  • User Name: Walter-Iooss
  • Hometown: Montauk, New York
  • Shoots: Portrait, People, Sports
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ARTIST BIO
When Walter Iooss was a teenager in New Jersey, he couldn’t imagine that anything would ever replace the joy and intensity of the stickball games that absorbed his summer days. Decades have passed, and now Steve Fine, Sports Illustrated magazine’s director of photography, calls Iooss the foremost sports photographer of his generation, "a fixture in American journalism to a degree I think people who see the cover of Sports Illustrated don’t know." Iooss’s shots have graced the cover of Sports Illustrated over 300 times. Walter was one who ran along the sidelines, a guerrilla armed with a Nikon focusing short and long lenses with amazing eye-hand coordination. He captured action in a way never seen before, and created a new, freer perspective. It was basic journalism but with a difference: extraordinary backgrounds. As in his action shots, the portraits of SI’s swimsuit issues reveal an uncanny graphics sense and Rembrandt-like reverence for light and shadow. In 1982 he was approached by Fuji film. The teaming unleashed an epic, two-and-a-half-year project to photograph Olympic athletes up to and during the 1984 games. During the period of work that followed Fuji, the intense essays of individual athletes he’d created at the Olympics played on his mind. In the fall of 1992, Iooss approached Michael Jordan with the idea of just such an essay. The results show the god of basketball in full flight and, perhaps more importantly, as an earthling, a human after all, amid the trappings of the upper-class athlete. Walter’s studies of Michael Jordan are classics. "The real joy of photography is these moments," says Iooss. "I’m always looking for freedom, the search for the one-on-one. That’s when your instincts come out. I’ve been lucky enough to have people hire me to do that. Sports Illustrated never really restricts me. They want me to do what I do. It’s the discovery. It’s still magic."
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