Walter Iooss Jr.

Artist, Storyteller, Legend. The G.O.A.T of Sports Photography.

Widely viewed as one of the greatest sports photographers of our time and called “the poet laureate of sports,” Walter Iooss, Jr.’s photographs have graced the pages of Sports Illustrated, including more than 300 covers, for 58 years. Since the age of 17, Walter has photographed some of the most recognized athletes in sports history, including Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Joe Namath, Serena Williams, Michael Phelps, Cal Ripken and hundreds more. His ability to create beautiful backdrops for his subjects, both action and portraits, changed the definition of what a “good sports photograph” should be.

Walter placed the same care and consciousness from his sports photographs to create Sports Illustrated’s now-legendary swimsuit issues. As in his action shots, his portraits for SI’s legendary swimsuit issues revealed his uncanny sense of graphics and Rembrandt-like reverence for light and shadow. His ability to truly connect with his subjects, athletes, or models, is what helped make Walter the best in the game.

Flexibility and reinvention are two attributes that can largely determine the successful career of a photographer, and Walter Iooss has been doing both for more than 50 years. A world-class sports photographer with the instinct of a seasoned journalist, combined with the eye of a master artist, allowed him to excel in the area of sports/action photography and commercial advertising.

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The New York Times
Sports Illustrated
Time Magazine
Life Magazine
Golf Digest
Upper Deck

Celebrity List

Michael Jordan
Muhammad Ali
Shaquille O’Neale
Tiger Woods
Jack Nicklaus
Kobe Bryant
Björn Borg
Aretha Franklin
Janis Joplin
Jimmy Hendrix
Cal Ripken
Willie Mays
Reggie Jackson
OJ Simpson
Serena Williams
Magic Johnson
LeBron James
Wilt Chamberlain
Reggie Jackson
OJ Simpson
Serena Williams
Magic Johnson
LeBron James
Wilt Chamberlain

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Private Auctions

2020 Christie’s, The Athlete: Photographs by Walter Iooss, Jr., New York, NY

Museum & Gallery Shows

1984 Shooting for the Gold, Washington DC, San Diego, Chicago, New York, San Francisco
1998 Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Sport: Iooss & Leifer, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Athlete, Newseum, Washington, DC
2015 Open Air, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
2017 Who Shot Sports, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
2019 Legends: The Sports Photography of Walter Iooss, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT
2020 City/Game: Basketball in New York, Museum of The City of New York, New York, NY

Permanent Collections

National Museum of African American History and Culture - 60 images


1999 Pictures of The Year, 2nd Place, Magazine Division / Portrait and Personality
2004 The Lucie Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award
2018 Inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame

NWBOC Certified - Women Business Enterprise (WBE)  Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)

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