Icons and people - Tom Bradley play boxing with Muhammad Ali, Los Angeles, Calif. 1973
This is a new and growing selection of photography of iconic figures, as well as ordinary people going about their life in a different moment in time. Some of these photography are published for the very first time through Modern Art Etc. worldwide.
In this series, we present Harry Adams' photography of iconic Americans, some of them well known throughout the world, not as African Americans, but simply, Americans, who have brought their talents, fortitude, creativity to the world. Some of them are heroes of all time, who have dedicated their lives to advancing equal opportunities, making a fairer, more equitable, civil society. Their indelible influence changed the world.
About this photo:
Tom Bradley and Muhammad Ali play boxing at Grambling Long Beach Football Game. This event was the Freedom Classic between Cal State Long Beach and Grambling College held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. Ali visited this event as a precursor to his fight with Ken Norton that was to take place at the Coliseum. This is a famous photo that was licensed for use many times.
Mr Bradley was to become the first African American mayor in the history of Los Angeles. He went on to hold this position for 20 years becoming the first person of any race to hold this tenured position in Los Angeles. In 1984, Los Angeles International Airport was renamed after Mr. Bradley making his name resonate throughout the world.
Introduction to Harry Adams:
Harry Adams (b. 1918, Arkansas – d. 1988, Los Angeles ) was one of the best-known members of the Los Angeles African American community. Adams worked as a freelancer for the California Eagle and Los Angeles Sentinel for 35 years. He trained at the California School of Photography and Graphic Design and although he took these photographs as part of his journalistic assignments, his artistic ability to capture the essence of a particular moment in time earned him the moniker “One Shot Harry”. His collection is particularly rich in its images of the prominent African Americans who defined his era, but also of ordinary life, documenting social life, schools, civil rights organizations, protests, and cultural events.
“His work is not only a contribution to journalism, but also part of our history.” LA Times.
Harry Adams' work has been licensed and / or used in documentaries, various exhibitions in America.
Approximate image size:
40x40" (paper / Image 39x39")
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