SI Media Podcast: Featuring Neil Leifer on Muhammad Ali

Monday June 6th, 2016

Episode No. 61 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features the acclaimed sports and news photographer Neil Leifer.

On this episode, Leifer discusses his many memorable photographs of Muhammad Ali including his personal favorite — the ariel photograph of Ali knocking out Cleveland Williams at the Houston Astrodome in Nov. 1966. He also discusses the famed shot of then-Cassius Clay standing over Sonny Liston after retaining the heavyweight championship in May 1965 in Lewiston, Maine; why Ali was such a perfect photo subject; his first posed photo shoot with Ali when Leifer was 22 years old; how he and Ali became close friends in the last 25 years of his life; how he approached shooting photos of Ali; shooting Ali for his 70th birthday; the last time he interacted with Lonnie Ali, the wife of Muhammad; and much more. Leifer's images are currently on display at Los Angeles’s Peter Fetterman Gallery and you can also see them on Leifer's website.

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