20th September 2012


An exhibition at the Old Fire Station, Henley this month will re-kindle our memories of the sportsman who still holds the title as ‘The greatest sportsman of all times’ in the minds of many: legendary boxer Muhammad Ali.
Influential and renowned British sports photographer Chris Smith captured Ali at the height of his career in the Sixties and the Seventies, and Boxing with Ali is chock-a-block with striking and iconic images of the century’s most memorable sportsman.
Smith’s shots of Muhammad Ali capture the boxer at his height; pieces such as Wrapping Up, Speedball and Ali Taping Hands show Ali as calm, confident and focused. Other works show his witty nature; Ali with Poster, in which he holds a bounty notice for his ‘illegal whuppin’ of Joe Frazier, recalls Ali’s trademark tactics of aggravating opponents prior to a fight. Before this fight he famously quipped ‘Frazier is so ugly he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wildlife’.

If you don’t get the chance to make the exhibition, but are interested in buying one of these stunning shots for your walls, please contact Chris directly Here
Examples of Chris Smith’s Ali Pictures
Muhammad Ali  –  by Chris Smith
Muhammad Ali with The Beatles – By Chris Smith