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Sports Illustrated: Athlete Hardcover – May 6, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Illustrated; 1ST edition (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603200088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603200080
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1 x 14.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #853,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Famed sports photographer Iooss's talent is unmistakable, but this rather unorganized collection of more than 150 of his greatest shots does him a disservice. A brief introduction by Michael Jordan, a frequent Iooss subject, adds little to the subsequent images, which range from Jordan and his fellow Bulls alum Scottie Pippen to a group of boys playing baseball on a Havana street corner. Sprinkled throughout is commentary by Iooss on particular shots, including a pair of portraits featuring surfing greats Laird Hamilton and Kelly Slater, and several midair shots of Jordan and his trademark slam dunk. For readers unfamiliar with each famous face in sports history, the lack of titles will be irritating, and the index only adds to the confusion. The collection is arranged neither chronologically nor by sport, making it difficult to come away with an idea of Iooss's evolution as a photographer during his almost 50 years behind the camera. Iooss captured some of the greatest moments on and off fields, courts and rinks, but this portfolio doesn't do him justice. (May)
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The pictures are stunning!
Bailey M. White
I got this for my husband for Father's Day, and while I expected a large book, this is more than I imagined.
S. Wray
It's even great to see some athletes off the golf course, or b-ball court - but in their own private time.
Little Miss Cutey

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Cutey on May 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
There is a reason that Walter Iooss has had his work on the cover of SI almost 300 times - it's because his work is incredible. I love sports, coffee table books, and great photos and that's the three reasons it took for me to buy this amazing book. Over the years he's captured on film some of the most iconic sports photos you'll ever see. In this book, he shows his favourite 150 pictures.
To me, the most amazing photo in here is Michael Jordan in the midst of a slam dunk. The height of Jordan and the way Walter makes him appear as if he is the only person in the whole arena. Walter also writes stories about some pictures and the Michael Jordan photo is one of them.
It's truly an amazing book. It's fun to look back at some famous moments in sport history and even to some recent moments. It's even great to see some athletes off the golf course, or b-ball court - but in their own private time.
If you love sports and great pictures, then check out this book. It really is a fantastic book and would make the perfect gift for almost anyone. I love it and highly recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Allan Weisbecker on June 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a former professional photographer (and currently successful writer), I consider Walter Iooss to be the best working photographer around (and the best sports photographer ever); his new book, a retrospective of his 40 years behind the lens, confirms this in spades. Whether you're a sports fan or just a fan of beautiful imagery, this book is a must. Hear me? A MUST. (And at the Amazon price you goddabe nuts not to own it.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian on June 21, 2008
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OK look-- and I mean it- LOOK! This oversized, coffee table book is filled with incredible images and sports moments. Micheal Jordan frozen high above the court, Arnold Palmer & Jack Nicklaus looking like kids sharing a table, Muhammad Ali & Joe Frazier looking like old warriors/friends. And the occasional anecdotes about the shoots are wonderful.

Why only 4-stars? The presentation doesn't allow for any identifying captions on each page. There's an index-type "key" in the back of the book. Given the book's size, it is rather awkward to flip the pages forward and back to identify the athletes, not to mention that the entries are somewhat difficult to read due to the very small font.

BUT-- this is a minor complaint. If you've never seen Iooss' work (impossible?), you're in for a huge treat. And even if you have, you owe it to yourself to see them presented here. Gorgeous.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robby on May 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What great pictures, really shows what you can do when you look outside the box of normal sports photography, Walter really shows what a true pro in the field can do...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Smith on May 31, 2008
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Walter Iooss has been front and center among sports photographers since he was a skinny teenager in the 1960s.

Five decades of sport blend seamlessly together in this exception volume. There isn't a single weak image in this book, which is hardly surprising since I seriously doubt that Walter has ever shot a bad photo...

I never tire of Walter's stories and his back story about his photos of Tiger Woods and of Yogi Berra with Whitey Ford are priceless...

Anyone who loves sports photography will love this beautifully designed book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bailey M. White on July 11, 2008
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I purchased this book for my husband, after seeing Mr. Ross on the Today Show. My husband who is a sport freak, is totally in love with this book. The pictures are stunning! This is a MUST have for any sports lover. And the price is amazing!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Wray on July 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I got this for my husband for Father's Day, and while I expected a large book, this is more than I imagined. The pictures are so dramatic in content and so large in scope, each page requires an extended time to absorb it. My husband is thrilled with it, and goes back to it regularly as it can't be read all at once. A must for every sports fan!
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