|Jimmy Tibbs – London Boxing Trainer – By Andy Gray|
Boxing Portraits is the name of Andy Grays passion and future vision. Andy spent two years working as a photographers assistant in the early 1990s and since retained a strong interest in taking photographs as a hobby.
Newcastle born and now living in Manchester, Andy decided to mix his two interests and create ultimately produce an exhibition of portraits within the UK and around the world to be supported by historic memorabilia and interactive archive footage.
Having formally started in October 2009, the goal is to take as many portrait photographs of people involved in boxing from established world champions with global reputations to new professionals starting out on their journey, including trainers and fight figures alike.
As part of any exhibition that materialises, Andy will look to donate a percentage of any income from prints or books back into the boxing clubs within local communities. This side of the project could potentially include the establishment of a recognised patron within the sport but requires some further development along the way.
BritishBoxers website work closely with Andy and we have featured many of his pictures on our website to accompany articles etc. We have visited many gyms together over the past year and will continue to support and help each other progress in boxing.
We wanted to introduce people to Andy’s fantastic work and let you see for yourself the fine photographs he has been taking on his picture journey through boxing’s characters. To see more of Andy’s work please visit his website www.boxingportraits.com
If you are a boxer or fight figure and would like to feature on Boxing Portraits and the future exhibition, please contact Andy at the website.
How did boxing Portraits come about?
What is your ethos for Boxing Portraits?
|Tyson Fury – British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion – By Andy Gray|
I have massive respect for anyone with the courage and conviction to get into a boxing ring and whether they’ve had 1 fight or 400, whether they’ve lost them all or are multiple weight world champions – I’m trying to recognise and respect their achievements. Everyone of them is someones son, father, brother or uncle etc and I’d like to show them in my photographs as more than just a fighter – as a person and a man.
Your ultimate aim is?
To be able to get support from within the industry at a promotional and possible TV level to enable me to continue making contact and photographing boxers and trainers alike. My goal is to have enough quality photographs supported by excellent historical memorabilia and archive footage of classic fights as recommended by some of today’s top boxers.
The project involves?
Your knowledge of boxing!
If you would like Andy to include your picture in his gallery and future exhibition contact him through the website.