Game Time: The Sports Photography of Walter Iooss

December 7, 2017 - June 24, 2018

Upper Jette Galleries

From baselines and sidelines, courtsides and ringsides, Walter Iooss has captured the
angles and action of sports for over sixty years. During that time he has documented
some of the biggest sporting events and most accomplished athletes of all time. Filled
with speed and power, poise and balance, outstretched limbs and dialed-in game faces,
his photographs testify to the physical and expressive capabilities of the athletic body and
the unique role of photography to illuminate the drama and poetry of sports. Looking at
Iooss’ work, we reflect on great teams and fierce rivalries, childhood dreams and aging
heroes, but we are also made to think about how the impact of sports far exceeds the field
of play. Iooss’ photographs highlight the changing role of athletes over the last half-
century to influence, challenge, and recast cultural attitudes and values regarding race,
gender, sexuality, and celebrity. Sports and society converge in his photos and this
exhibition will explore and unpack that convergence. Throughout his career, Iooss has
memorialized players and moments and shaped our vision of what sports looks and feels
like. In turn, he has enriched our understanding of what the games we love to watch and
play mean to us.


Banner Image: Walter Iooss, "The Catch," 1/10/82, Dwight Clark from Joe Montana, 1982 (printed later). Archival pigment print, 20 x 24 in. Colby College Museum of Art. Gift of Daniel and Kerry Tomson, 2016.238.