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Bruce Silverstein Gallery is proud to present Victory Lap, an online exhibition featuring fifty photographs celebrating the life's work of legendary sports photographer Walter Iooss Jr. Often cited as the "Rembrandt" of sports photography due to his use of light, color, and composition, Iooss has the innate ability to capture what Henri Cartier-Bresson defined as the “decisive moment.” His images transcend the fame of his subjects, and have come to represent modern sports culture. 

Born to a family of sports fans in Texas in 1943, Iooss discovered photography at 15 when his father gave him a camera. Within a year, he began photographing professional football games. At just 17, he received his first assignment for Sports Illustrated, and a few years later, was shooting their covers. Iooss would go on to produce more than 300 covers for Sports Illustrated over a span of 58 years, each reaching an audience of millions of readers. Throughout his career, Iooss has uniquely captured some of the greatest moments in sports history and the most accomplished athletes of all time throughout his career, both on and off the field. His subjects span a wide breadth of contemporary sport, including baseball, basketball, boxing, football, golf, gymnastics, soccer, tennis, surfing, track and field, volleyball, wrestling, swimming, and yachting. Iooss’ artistry was in his ability to pre-visualize the final image, often planning them years in advance, waiting for the right moments, staging the lighting, camera position, and lens settings in anticipation of the action about to unfold to compose a photograph of the defining moment.

From the 1961 black and white image of Roger Maris breaking the single-season home run record to “The Catch” depicting Dwight Clark’s leaping reception of Joe Montana’s end zone pass to win the 1982 Championship Game, Iooss’ images have been indelibly etched into sports history and collectively represent an unparalleled and historical body of work.

ESPN recently featured Walter Iooss and his work in the three-part documentary “G.O.A.T.s: Greatest of All Time,” where the artist’s imagery was intermixed with interviews by some of the world’s greatest athletes, including Kobe Bryant, Joe Montana, Derek Jeter, Tiger Woods, Joe Namath, Chris Evert, Ken Griffey Jr., Jack Nicklaus, Caroline Wozniacki, and Kelly Slater.

Iooss received the Lucie Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 and was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame in 2018. His work has also been featured in numerous museum shows. He has produced countless photographic publications, including collaborations with Michael Jordan, Arnold Palmer, Ken Griffey Jr., and Joe Montana. In August 2020, Christie's auction house held a single-artist auction entitled “The Athlete: Photographs of Walter Iooss, Jr.”

Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Greg Lopuganis, Indianapolis, IN, 1983
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Walter Iooss, Jr.

Greg Louganis, Indianapolis, IN, 1983

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Cloud Diver, Boca Raton, FL, 1990  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Cloud Diver, Boca Raton, FL, 1990

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Jimmy Connors, Santa Barbara, CA , 1991  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Jimmy Connors, Santa Barbara, CA , 1991

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Gymnast, Los Angeles, CA, 1983  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Gymnast, Los Angeles, CA, 1983

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Walter Iooss, Jr. - The Corner, Havana, Cuba, 1999 | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

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The Corner, Havana, Cuba, 1999

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Ken Griffey Jr., Baltimore, MD, 1996
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Walter Iooss, Jr.

Ken Griffey Jr., Baltimore, MD, 1996

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 Roger Maris Hits His 61st Home Run, Bronx, NY, 1961  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Roger Maris Hits His 61st Home Run, Bronx, NY, 1961

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Jakie Joyner, Beverly Hills, CA, 1991

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Jakie Joyner, Beverly Hills, CA, 1991

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Kobe Bryant, Seattle, WA, 2002
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Kobe Bryant, Seattle, WA, 2002

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA, 1993  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

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Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA, 1993

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Kelly Slater, Melbourne Beach, FL, 1990  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

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Kelly Slater, Melbourne Beach, FL, 1990

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Joe Namath, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1969  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

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Joe Namath, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1969

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Kickboxer, Bangkok, Thailand, 1995  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Kickboxer, Bangkok, Thailand, 1995

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Jack Nicklaus, Chaska, MN, 1970  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

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Jack Nicklaus, Chaska, MN, 1970

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 LeBron James, Clevland, OH, 2003
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LeBron James, Clevland, OH, 2003

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Walter Iooss (b. 1943), Street Ball, New York, NY, 1971

Walter Iooss (b. 1943)

Street Ball, New York, NY, 1971

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 The Slam Dunk, Michael Jordon, Chicago, IL, 1988  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

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The Slam Dunk, Michael Jordon, Chicago, IL, 1988

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Walter Iooss, Jr. - Pele, New York, NY, 1989/2000 | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

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Pele, New York, NY, 1989/2000

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Arnold Palmer, Chaska, MN, 1970  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

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Arnold Palmer, Chaska, MN, 1970

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 Surfer, Hanalei Bay, Kauai, HI , 1976  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

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Surfer, Hanalei Bay, Kauai, HI,1976

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 Wilt Chamberlain, Boston, MA, 1967  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

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Wilt Chamberlain, Boston, MA, 1967

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -  Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia, PA, 1969

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia, PA, 1969

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Swimmer, Boca Raton, FL, 1969

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Swimmer, Boca Raton, FL, 1969

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Walter Iooss, Jr., 'The 16th Tee,' Cypress Point Golf Club, CA, 1979

Walter Iooss, Jr.

'The 16th Tee,' Cypress Point Golf Club, CA, 1979

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Michael Jordan, Cromwell, CT, 1987

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Michael Jordan, Cromwell, CT, 1987

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 The Catch, Dwight Clark, San Francisco, CA  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

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The Catch, Dwight Clark, San Francisco, CA, 1982

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Willis Reed, Los Angeles, CA, 1973

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Willis Reed, Los Angeles, CA, 1973

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Bob Gibson, St. Louis, MO, 1973

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Bob Gibson, St. Louis, MO, 1973

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Chi Chi Rodriguez, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1964

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Chi Chi Rodriguez, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1964

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Jack Nicklaus, West Palm Beach, FL, 1967

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Jack Nicklaus, West Palm Beach, FL, 1967

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Dave Parker & Grant Jackson, Bradenton, FL, 1980

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Dave Parker & Grant Jackson, Bradenton, FL, 1980

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Tiger Woods, Carlsbad, CA, 2000

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Tiger Woods, Carlsbad, CA, 2000

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Magic Johnson, Beverly Hills, CA, 1991

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Magic Johnson, Beverly Hills, CA, 1991

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Arnold Palmer, Bethesda, MD, 1964

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Arnold Palmer, Bethesda, MD, 1964

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Michael Jordan, Chicago, IL, 1991

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Michael Jordan, Chicago, IL, 1991

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Serena Williams, Key Biscayne, FL, 2006

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Serena Williams, Key Biscayne, FL, 2006

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Kevin Garnett, Minneapolis, MN, 1999

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Kevin Garnett, Minneapolis, MN, 1999

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Muhammad Ali & Ernie Terrell, Houston, TX, 1967

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Muhammad Ali & Ernie Terrell, Houston, TX, 1967

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Reggie Jackson, Bronx, NY, 1980

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Reggie Jackson, Bronx, NY, 1980

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Tony Scott & Garry Templeton, Los Angeles, CA, 1979

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Tony Scott & Garry Templeton, Los Angeles, CA, 1979

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Walter Iooss, Jr., N.Y. Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Bronx, 1962

Walter Iooss, Jr.

N.Y. Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Bronx, 1962

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Gymnast, Havana, Cuba, 1999

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Gymnast, Havana, Cuba, 1999

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Bart Conner, Los Angeles, CA, 1984

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Bart Conner, Los Angeles, CA, 1984

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Michael Phelps, Baltimore, MD, 2004

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Michael Phelps, Baltimore, MD, 2004

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Serena Williams, Scottsdale, AZ, 2003

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Serena Williams, Scottsdale, AZ, 2003

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Willie Mays, Milwaukee, WI, 1966

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Willie Mays, Milwaukee, WI, 1966

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Sam Snead, Akron, OH, 1966

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Sam Snead, Akron, OH, 1966

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Michelle Kwan, New York, NY, 1997

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Michelle Kwan, New York, NY, 1997

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester, England, 2006

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester, England, 2006

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Walter Iooss, Jr., John McEnroe, London, England, 1980

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John McEnroe, London, England, 1980

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 The Slam Dunk, Michael Jordon, Chicago, IL, 1988  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

The Slam Dunk, Michael Jordon, Chicago, IL, 1988

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Cloud Diver, Boca Raton, FL, 1990  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Cloud Diver, Boca Raton, FL, 1990

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Jimmy Connors, Santa Barbara, CA , 1991  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Jimmy Connors, Santa Barbara, CA , 1991

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Gymnast, Los Angeles, CA, 1983  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Gymnast, Los Angeles, CA, 1983

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Jakie Joyner, Beverly Hills, CA, 1991

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Jakie Joyner, Beverly Hills, CA, 1991

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA, 1993  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA, 1993

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Walter Iooss, Jr. - The Corner, Havana, Cuba, 1999 | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

The Corner, Havana, Cuba, 1999

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Roger Maris Hits His 61st Home Run, Bronx, NY, 1961  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Roger Maris Hits His 61st Home Run, Bronx, NY, 1961

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Ken Griffey Jr., Baltimore, MD, 1996
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Walter Iooss, Jr.

Ken Griffey Jr., Baltimore, MD, 1996

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 The Slam Dunk, Michael Jordon, Chicago, IL, 1988  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

The Slam Dunk, Michael Jordon, Chicago, IL, 1988

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Walter Iooss (b. 1943), Street Ball, New York, NY, 1971

Walter Iooss (b. 1943)

Street Ball, New York, NY, 1971

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Kobe Bryant, Seattle, WA, 2002
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Walter Iooss, Jr.

Kobe Bryant, Seattle, WA, 2002

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 LeBron James, Clevland, OH, 2003
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Walter Iooss, Jr.

LeBron James, Clevland, OH, 2003

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Greg Lopuganis, Indianapolis, IN, 1983
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Walter Iooss, Jr.

Greg Louganis, Indianapolis, IN, 1983

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Kelly Slater, Melbourne Beach, FL, 1990  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Kelly Slater, Melbourne Beach, FL, 1990

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Joe Namath, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1969  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Joe Namath, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1969

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Arnold Palmer, Chaska, MN, 1970  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Arnold Palmer, Chaska, MN, 1970

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Jack Nicklaus, Chaska, MN, 1970  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Jack Nicklaus, Chaska, MN, 1970

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Surfer, Hanalei Bay, Kauai, HI , 1976  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Surfer, Hanalei Bay, Kauai, HI,1976

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Wilt Chamberlain, Boston, MA, 1967  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Wilt Chamberlain, Boston, MA, 1967

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Kickboxer, Bangkok, Thailand, 1995  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Kickboxer, Bangkok, Thailand, 1995

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 The Catch, Dwight Clark, San Francisco, CA  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

The Catch, Dwight Clark, San Francisco, CA, 1982

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Walter Iooss, Jr. - Pele, New York, NY, 1989/2000 | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Pele, New York, NY, 1989/2000

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Walter Iooss, Jr., 'The 16th Tee,' Cypress Point Golf Club, CA, 1979

Walter Iooss, Jr.

'The 16th Tee,' Cypress Point Golf Club, CA, 1979

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Swimmer, Boca Raton, FL, 1969

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Swimmer, Boca Raton, FL, 1969

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -  Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia, PA, 1969

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia, PA, 1969

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Willis Reed, Los Angeles, CA, 1973

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Willis Reed, Los Angeles, CA, 1973

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Michael Jordan, Cromwell, CT, 1987

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Michael Jordan, Cromwell, CT, 1987

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Arnold Palmer, Bethesda, MD, 1964

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Arnold Palmer, Bethesda, MD, 1964

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Bob Gibson, St. Louis, MO, 1973

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Bob Gibson, St. Louis, MO, 1973

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Chi Chi Rodriguez, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1964

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Chi Chi Rodriguez, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1964

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Walter Iooss, Jr., John McEnroe, London, England, 1980

Walter Iooss, Jr.

John McEnroe, London, England, 1980

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Dave Parker & Grant Jackson, Bradenton, FL, 1980

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Dave Parker & Grant Jackson, Bradenton, FL, 1980

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Kevin Garnett, Minneapolis, MN, 1999

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Kevin Garnett, Minneapolis, MN, 1999

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Jack Nicklaus, West Palm Beach, FL, 1967

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Jack Nicklaus, West Palm Beach, FL, 1967

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Tiger Woods, Carlsbad, CA, 2000

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Tiger Woods, Carlsbad, CA, 2000

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Michael Jordan, Chicago, IL, 1991

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Michael Jordan, Chicago, IL, 1991

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Sam Snead, Akron, OH, 1966

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Sam Snead, Akron, OH, 1966

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Reggie Jackson, Bronx, NY, 1980

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Reggie Jackson, Bronx, NY, 1980

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Muhammad Ali & Ernie Terrell, Houston, TX, 1967

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Muhammad Ali & Ernie Terrell, Houston, TX, 1967

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Tony Scott & Garry Templeton, Los Angeles, CA, 1979

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Tony Scott & Garry Templeton, Los Angeles, CA, 1979

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Serena Williams, Key Biscayne, FL, 2006

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Serena Williams, Key Biscayne, FL, 2006

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Gymnast, Havana, Cuba, 1999

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Gymnast, Havana, Cuba, 1999

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Walter Iooss, Jr., N.Y. Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Bronx, 1962

Walter Iooss, Jr.

N.Y. Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Bronx, 1962

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Michael Phelps, Baltimore, MD, 2004

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Michael Phelps, Baltimore, MD, 2004

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Bart Conner, Los_Angeles, CA, 1984

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Bart Conner, Los_Angeles, CA, 1984

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Serena Williams, Scottsdale, AZ, 2003

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Serena Williams, Scottsdale, AZ, 2003

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester, England, 2006

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester, England, 2006

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Michelle Kwan, New York, NY, 1997

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Michelle Kwan, New York, NY, 1997

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Walter Iooss, Jr., Willie Mays, Milwaukee, WI, 1966

Walter Iooss, Jr.

Willie Mays, Milwaukee, WI, 1966

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Walter Iooss, Jr. -
 Magic Johnson, Beverly Hills, CA, 1991
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Walter Iooss, Jr.

Magic Johnson, Beverly Hills, CA, 1991

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