Norman Mailer. N.Leifer. H.Bingham. The Fight. Art Edition No. 1–125, Neil Leifer ‘Ali vs. Foreman – Ali Glaring at Foreman’Edition of 125Pigment print on archival quality paper, paper size 30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.), hardcover volume in clamshell box, 36.5 x 44 cm (14.4 x 17.3 in.), 264 pages3000Edition: English Availability: In Stock
Art Edition (No. 1–125), signed by the two photographers and with a signed pigment print by Neil Leifer, Ali vs. Foreman – Ali Glaring at Foreman
Norman Mailer. N.Leifer. H.Bingham. The Fight, Art Edition No. 1–125, Neil Leifer ‘Ali vs. Foreman – Ali Glaring at Foreman’3000
The Rumble in the Jungle
Mailer’s masterpiece commentary and Ali’s master photographers
Observing them both was New Journalism heavyweight Norman Mailer, whose grasp of the titanic battle’s feints and stratagems—and sensitivity to their deeper symbolism—made his 1975 book The Fight a sportswriting classic. Now, 40 years after its first publication, TASCHEN presents the first illustrated edition of Mailer’s masterpiece with a wealth of color and black-and-white photographs by the two men who captured Ali in the ring and in private like no one else: Neil Leifer and Howard L. Bingham.
This Art Edition of 125 copies presents the book with a pigment print by Neil Leifer, Ali vs Foreman – Ali Glaring at Foreman. Considered by many to be the greatest living sports photographer, Neil Leifer’s technical mastery and tenacious spirit opened the door to nearly any assignment, from the sidelines of Super Bowls to the Olympics. But his favorite subject was and always will be Muhammad Ali.
“Foreman was throwing these prodigious punches and Ali swung like a man in the rigging,” Mailer wrote. “Occasionally he’d get hit and he’d say, ‘George, you disappoint me. You don’t hit as hard as I thought you would. You’re not breaking popcorn, George.’ And Foreman was insane with rage.” The turning point of the fight was round five, when Ali stunned Foreman with a devastating cluster of punches as the round ended. As shown in this image, he knew then that victory would be his.
Marking the year of the match, The Fight is limited to 1,974 numbered copies signed by the photographers. Copies No. 1–125 come with a pigment print signed by Neil Leifer, Ali vs Foreman – Ali Glaring at Foreman. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the original Howard L. Bingham print that accompanied Art Edition A could not be made available at the time of publication.
Also available as:
Art Edition (No. 126–250) with an alternative print signed by Neil Leifer
Collector’s Edition (No. 251–1,974) signed by Neil Leifer and Howard L. Bingham
Native New Yorker Neil Leifer began photographing sports events as a teenager. Over 160 of his pictures have appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and over 40 of his photographs have graced the cover of Time. He has published 17 books, and was one of two principal photographers in TASCHEN’s tribute to Muhammad Ali, GOAT—Greatest Of All Time, and the illustrated edition of Norman Mailer’s The Fight.
Norman Mailer (1923–2007) was one of the 20th century’s greatest and most influential writers, as well as one of America’s most renowned and controversial literary figures. The best-selling author of a dozen novels and 20 works of nonfiction, he also wrote stage plays, screenplays, television miniseries, hundreds of essays, two books of poetry, and a collection of short stories. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he lived in Brooklyn, New York, and Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Norman Mailer. N.Leifer. H.Bingham. The Fight. Art Edition No. 1–125, Neil Leifer ‘Ali vs. Foreman – Ali Glaring at Foreman’Edition of 125Pigment print on archival quality paper, paper size 30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.), hardcover volume in clamshell box, 36.5 x 44 cm (14.4 x 17.3 in.), 264 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-4325-5Edition: English