Good News, Bad News

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

To all the boxing fans and ships at sea,

The good news is this was voted one of the most dynamic boxing photos of all times. Sport Illustrated cover, Time Magazine photo of the year. Bad news? Every boxing photo taken after that had to exceed it. Not so easy. Right place, right time, right light, right exposure, right angle; twenty plus years of experience and a little bit of luck, too. Of course, my dear friend Gerry Cooney hates the photo. The first time he walked into my studio, he walked over past me without saying a word, stood in front of the photo, shook his head and said a few words in Gaelic which I can’t repeat. I said, “Gerry, ___ happens. You never see it coming.” He said, “You are an ____ hole.” I saw that one coming. I looked back at him and said, “Then why didn’t you duck?” We obviously never talk about the photo. Attached you will find a short film on Gerry, you may find it answers a few questions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2ch7NQ5n_o&sns=em

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