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Image of Muhammad Ali

Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Muhammad Ali


Object Type: Photograph
20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2009.0009.0001

Credit Line: Gifted to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts by Mrs. Yousuf Karsh in honor of Museum Director, Mark M. Johnson
Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Muhammad Ali (1942–2016)

Ali was named “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated. He was also a vocal proponent of Black Power during the Civil Rights Movement.

Karsh remarked, “Probably no other person I have photographed has been subjected to so many years of such open hatred as Muhammad Ali—hatred because he was born black in the American South; hatred because of the arrogance which is one of his weapons; hatred because he was unafraid to take unpopular stands…and hatred because, despite all this, he remained the fastest-moving, as well as the fastest-talking, heavyweight boxer in history….”

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