Neil Leifer


Neil Leifer fell in love with photography as a teenager growing up in New York City. From the beginning, his focus was on athletes and sporting events. Today he is credited with over 160 covers for Sports Illustrated. His dynamic photographs have also graced the pages of Time, LIFE, and countless other American publications. 

This photograph is one of Leifer's most iconic images. Here Mohammad Ali swings his glove in victory as he knocks his opponent Sonny Liston to the boxing ring floor. This legendary image was captured during the 1965 World Heavyweight Title championship.

The dramatic lighting and captivated crowd make the image appear hyper-real and almost cinematic. Leifer captures every detail, from the open-mouth expressions of the audience to the signature embroidery on Liston’s boxing shorts.  

This¬†celebratory Muhammed Ali image is one of Leifer‚Äôs most acclaimed¬†photographs¬†‚Äď it even appears on the title page of his fine art portfolio. Ali¬†was Leifer's favorite subject, photographing him on over 60 occasions, both in the studio and in¬†the ring.¬†¬†

Leifer was also a primary photographer contributing to TASCHEN‚Äôs¬†blockbuster¬†book GOAT ‚Äď Greatest Of All Time that celebrated the legendary boxing.¬†Leifer was the recipient of the Lucie Award for achievement in Sports Photography.¬† He has published over 16 photo books including his 2014 memoir ‚ÄúRelentless‚ÄĚ. Boxing holds a special place in his heart as it is the only sport he continues to shoot.¬†

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Signed and numbered by the artist 

Edition of 350   

Archival pigment photograph

USA, 1965

19.75"H 21"W (image) 

27.5"H 29"W (framed) 

Framed with museum glass

Very good condition.

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