New London – Walter Iooss Jr., photographer and longtime contributor to “Sports Illustrated,” has been called the “poet laureate of sports.” He has captured the thrill, triumph, and complexity of athletic achievement for over 50 years. Iooss began his career in 1961 at the age of 17, and he has produced a remarkable body of work in the decades since, documenting pivotal moments and shooting iconic athletes in introspective portraits.

The exhibition “LEGENDS: The Sports Photography of Walter Iooss” will open with an evening reception at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams St, Sept. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m., and will remain on view through Jan. 12, 2020. The reception is free for museum members, and non-members are $10. To RSVP, call (860) 443-2545, E”xt. 2129.

Including more than 60 photographs of some of Iooss’ best work from the 1960s to the present, the exhibition celebrates such greats as Willie Mays, Muhammad Ali, Wilt Chamberlin, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Serena Williams, among many others. The photographs are recent acquisitions, gifts to the Lyman Allyn’s collection from multiple donors in 2017 and 2018.

As one of the most acclaimed sports photographers of this era, Iooss has had photos grace the cover of Sports Illustrated over 300 times, and he has contributed to the magazine’s Swimsuit Issue for 30 years. Steve Fine, Sports Illustrated” director of photography, described Iooss as “an artist who is quite possibly the best sports photographer ever.” Iooss received the LUCIE Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports Photography in 2004. He has published 13 books of photography and his work has been exhibited in various museums, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is located at 625 Williams Street in New London. For more information, call (860) 443-2545 or visit Tours of the exhibition are available for groups. To schedule tours, call the Education Department at (860) 443-2545, Ext. 2110 or e-mail

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