Muhammad Ali, Zürich, 26.12.1971
Hundreds of close-up, fast-paced photographs of Mohammad Ali taken over a period of 10 days before his fight against German heavyweight Jürgen Blin in December 1971, in Zürich, Switzerland, make for a dynamic portrait of the prize fighter. Swiss photographer Eric Bachmann accompanied Ali everywhere— on a winter jog through Zürich’s woods, buying shoes in a working-class neighborhood, going through his training drills and finally to the big fight, which rapidly climaxed in the seventh round with a knock out of Blin. The historical black-and-white photographs are presented full bleed and organized in brisk chronological order against the placid urban backdrop of mid-1970s Zürich. Accompanying the photo essay is a richly illustrated section of the boxing match program pages and newspaper clippings, as well as a photographic index on a variety of individuals who attended the fight.
8 x 11 3/4 inches / 392 pp / 179 b&w and 15 color
Retail Price: $79.95