Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Book Review - At the Fights: Inside the World of Professional Boxing
It's no wonder that photographer Howard Schatz, trained as an ophthalmologist, has an unwavering eye for the human form. Well known for his series of improvisional portraits of actors for Vanity Fair, the acclaimed photographer now takes on the ultimate theatre of sport and physique in At the Fights. Over the last six years Schatz has entrenched himself in the world of boxing, photographing and interviewing the game's biggest stars and newest players as well as managers, trainers, promoters, club fighters and many others. In 256 oversized pages, Schatz's remarkably powerful images are paired with insightful commentary to provide a truly unique look into the sport. As promoter Lou DiBella tells Schatz, "Boxing is a sport in its purest, most basic form. No sport is more theatrical, dramatic or real." At the Fights beautifully captures all of those aspects in a striking, deluxe package that includes introductory comments by HBO commentator Jim Lampley.
Howard Schatz's award-winning photography has been featured in Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, The Ring magazine, The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair. He is a well-known and regular ringside presence. At the Fights will be his 19th book.
My Take on the Book
Howard Schatz takes professional boxing to a whole new level with this book. As someone who watches boxing from the periphery, I was amazed at seeing all of the intricacy of the sport showcased in this book. At the same point though this book shows you the blood, sweat and tears that goes into the sport on a very raw and real level.
As a reader you are transported into the ring while getting to know some of the well known, and not as well known names in the sport itself. This photographer has taken this sport and made it real for me, and has peaked my interest even further in the sport itself and I know it will for others too.
I highly encourage all who love boxing to read (and experience the magic within) this book. You will most definitely not be disappointed!
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