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Muhammad Ali (1942)

Cassius Clay was an American professional boxer who impressed international championships. In the mid 1960s, ‘The Greatest’ joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali which led to a controversial yet popular public image. A magnetic and charismatic figure, the champion dared to speak openly about his religious and political beliefs and perfectly controlled his appearances, embracing a certain idea of racial pride. When at the end of the 1960s, he was called upon to fight in the Vietnam War, Muhammad Ali affronted his biggest opponent Uncle Sam. Refusing to enroll (and succeeding in doing so), the boxer became an icon for the early 1970s counterculture generation while the government’s most prominent national villain. Returning as a hero thanks to phenomenal boxing championships during the 1970s, the boxer who could "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee" has now become, his body limited by Parkinson's disease, one of the most admired and beloved men on the planet.

Tags / Muhammad Ali - American Boxer - 1970s - It Men - Icon - Black - African American - Rebel
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Danny Lyon, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali by Danny Lyon, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali during training by A. Abbas, Kinshasa, 1974
Muhammad Ali during training by A. Abbas, Kinshasa, 1974
Muhammad Ali during trainsing in Chris Dundee's gym by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali during trainsing in Chris Dundee's gym by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali during trainsing in Chris Dundee's gym by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali during trainsing in Chris Dundee's gym by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali is scared by a bee while visiting a movie set, London, 1966. Photo by Thomas Hoepker
Muhammad Ali is scared by a bee while visiting a movie set, London, 1966. Photo by Thomas Hoepker
Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier by Elliott Erwitt, New York City, 1971
Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier by Elliott Erwitt, New York City, 1971
Muhammad Ali in front of the Commodities Exchange in downtown Chicago by Thomas Hoepker, 1966
Muhammad Ali in front of the Commodities Exchange in downtown Chicago by Thomas Hoepker, 1966
Muhammad Ali flirts with Belinda Boyd in a bakery shop. Belinda later became Ali's second wife as Khalilah Ali, Chicago, 1966. Photo by Thomas Hoepker
Muhammad Ali flirts with Belinda Boyd in a bakery shop. Belinda later became Ali's second wife as Khalilah Ali, Chicago, 1966. Photo by Thomas Hoepker
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali gets his hair cut at a barbershop in Southside Chicago by Thomas Hoapker, 1966
Muhammad Ali gets his hair cut at a barbershop in Southside Chicago by Thomas Hoapker, 1966
Muhammad Aliin the streets with a group of children in Southside Chicago by Thomas Hoepker, 1966
Muhammad Aliin the streets with a group of children in Southside Chicago by Thomas Hoepker, 1966
Muhammad Ali with his former world bantamweight champion Johnny Coulon by Thomas Hoepker, 1966
Muhammad Ali with his former world bantamweight champion Johnny Coulon by Thomas Hoepker, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali and George Foreman by A. Abbas, Kinshasa, 1974
Muhammad Ali and George Foreman by A. Abbas, Kinshasa, 1974
Muhammad Ali at home by Thomas Hoepker, 1997
Muhammad Ali at home by Thomas Hoepker, 1997
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker,Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker,Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Philippe Halsman, New York City, 1963
Muhammad Ali by Philippe Halsman, New York City, 1963
Muhammad Ali by Philippe Halsman, 1963
Muhammad Ali by Philippe Halsman, 1963
Muhammad Ali by Philippe Halsman, New York City, 1963
Muhammad Ali by Philippe Halsman, New York City, 1963
Muhammad Ali by Philippe Halsman, New York City, 1963
Muhammad Ali by Philippe Halsman, New York City, 1963
Muhammad Ali fighting for the gold medal in the light heavyweight class by Thomas Hoepker, Olympics Games, Rome, 1960
Muhammad Ali fighting for the gold medal in the light heavyweight class by Thomas Hoepker, Olympics Games, Rome, 1960
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali in front of his house by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali in front of his house by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali visits Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad in his Chicago home by Thomas Hoepker, 1966
Muhammad Ali visits Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad in his Chicago home by Thomas Hoepker, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali outside Chris Dundee's gym by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali outside Chris Dundee's gym by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Mimai, 1970
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Mimai, 1970
Muhammad Ali talks to the press during a training session, Kinshasa, 1974. Photo by A. Abbas
Muhammad Ali talks to the press during a training session, Kinshasa, 1974. Photo by A. Abbas
Muhammad Ali talking with the press in his dressing room, after the fight he won. On his right is his brother Rachaman, Kinshasa, 1974. Photo by 1. Abbas
Muhammad Ali talking with the press in his dressing room, after the fight he won. On his right is his brother Rachaman, Kinshasa, 1974. Photo by 1. Abbas
Muhammad Ali and George Foreman by A. Abbas, Kinshasa, 1974
Muhammad Ali and George Foreman by A. Abbas, Kinshasa, 1974
Muhammad Ali and George Foreman by A. Abbas, Kinshasa, 1974
Muhammad Ali and George Foreman by A. Abbas, Kinshasa, 1974
Muhammad Ali by Philippe Halsman, 1964
Muhammad Ali by Philippe Halsman, 1964
Muhammad Ali during training in Chris Dundee's gym by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali during training in Chris Dundee's gym by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali and Jim Brown on the set of The Dirty Dozen directed by Robert Aldrich, 1966. Photo by Thomas Hoepker
Muhammad Ali and Jim Brown on the set of The Dirty Dozen directed by Robert Aldrich, 1966. Photo by Thomas Hoepker
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali with Johnny Coulon, the world bantam weight champion of 1910, in his Chicago gym by Thomas Hoepker, 1966
Muhammad Ali with Johnny Coulon, the world bantam weight champion of 1910, in his Chicago gym by Thomas Hoepker, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali by A. Abbas, Kinshasa, 1974
Muhammad Ali by A. Abbas, Kinshasa, 1974
Muhammad Ali by A. Abbas, Kinshasa, 1974
Muhammad Ali by A. Abbas, Kinshasa, 1974
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali and his brother Rachomon by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali and his brother Rachomon by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali in a restaurant with Herbert Muhammad, son of Black Muslim leader Elija Muhammad, London, 1966. Photo by Thomas Hoepker
Muhammad Ali in a restaurant with Herbert Muhammad, son of Black Muslim leader Elija Muhammad, London, 1966. Photo by Thomas Hoepker
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali in his hometown with young kids by Thomas Hoepker, Louisville, 1966
Muhammad Ali in his hometown with young kids by Thomas Hoepker, Louisville, 1966
Muhammad Ali in his hometown  by Thomas Hoepker, Louisville, 1966
Muhammad Ali in his hometown by Thomas Hoepker, Louisville, 1966
Muhammad Ali's parents, Odetta and Cassius Clay by Thomas Hoepker, Lousville, 1966
Muhammad Ali's parents, Odetta and Cassius Clay by Thomas Hoepker, Lousville, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Louisville, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Louisville, 1966
Muhammad Ali talks with Nation of Islam women outside a Southside Muslim Temple, Chicago, 1966. Photo by Thomas Hoepker
Muhammad Ali talks with Nation of Islam women outside a Southside Muslim Temple, Chicago, 1966. Photo by Thomas Hoepker
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali in front of Commodities Exchange by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali in front of Commodities Exchange by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Danny Lyon, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali by Danny Lyon, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali by Danny Lyon, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali by Danny Lyon, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali at Chris Dundee's Gym by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali at Chris Dundee's Gym by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali at Chris Dundee's Gym by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali at Chris Dundee's Gym by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali at Chris Dundee's Gym by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali at Chris Dundee's Gym by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali by Alex Webb, Harlem, New York, 1974
Muhammad Ali by Alex Webb, Harlem, New York, 1974
Muhammad Ali speaking to the crowd and pretending to fight with a local champion at Saint Mary's Recreation Center, Bronx, New York, 1974. Photo by Alex Webb
Muhammad Ali speaking to the crowd and pretending to fight with a local champion at Saint Mary's Recreation Center, Bronx, New York, 1974. Photo by Alex Webb
Muhammad Ali and President Mobutu Sese Seko by A. Abbas, Kinshasa, 1974
Muhammad Ali and President Mobutu Sese Seko by A. Abbas, Kinshasa, 1974
Muhammad Ali with his mother by A. Abbas, Kinshasa, 1974
Muhammad Ali with his mother by A. Abbas, Kinshasa, 1974
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, London, 1966
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker, Miami, 1970
Muhammad Ali speaking at an armory in Harlem by Alex Webb, 1974
Muhammad Ali speaking at an armory in Harlem by Alex Webb, 1974
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