A Rare Look at the Late Muhammad Ali, in Action and Repose
In the fall of 1974, set on winning back the world heavyweight boxing title he'd lost for refusing the Vietnam war draft seven years before, Muhammad Ali headed for the log cabins of Deer Lake, Pennsylvania. The home of his training compound, Fighter's Heaven, it also hosted Ali's staff, friends, and family – and, for two days in October, the photographer Peter Angelo Simon, who quickly took over 1,000 photos. It was just weeks before the "Rumble in the Jungle," as Ali called his match against George Foreman in Zaire, and Simon followed Ali everywhere around the Pennsylvania countryside, from a nursing home to a magic show, and is publishing many of the images for the first time this August. Preview Muhammad Ali: Fighter's Heaven 1974, published by Reel Art Press, with remembrances from Simon, here.