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Guide to the George Kalinsky Photographs
1955, 1965-2017
 PR 325

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Joseph Ditta

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 24, 2020
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

The collection contains approximately 154 color and black-and-white photographic prints that formed the basis of two exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society, both curated by Dr. Marilyn S. Kushner, Head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections. The first, "I Am King of the World": Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky, ran concurrently with a related exhibition, "Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing," from December 11, 2016 through March 26, 2017. "I Am King of the World" presented through Kalinsky's images seminal career highlights of boxer Muhammad Ali (1942–2016), including

• Ali working out at the 5th Street Gym, Miami; speaking to sportscaster Howard Cosell (1965)
• training at Madison Square Garden; his bout vs. Zora Folley (1967)
• rivalry with basketball great Wilt Chamberlain; his bout vs. Joe Frazier, called the "Fight of the Century" (1971)
• training at Deer Lake, Pennsylvania for his bout vs. Floyd Patterson (1972)
• promoting his fight with Ken Norton at Yankee Stadium; signing autographs at the Concord Resort Hotel in the Catskills (1976)
• his bout vs. Earnie Shavers (1977)
• sitting ringside at WrestleMania (1984)
• receiving  Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Century award (1999)

The second exhibition, New York Through the Lens of George Kalinsky, ran from February 2 through September 30, 2018. Although largely given to shots of famous athletes, the exhibition also embraced images of singers, dancers, and other performers—virtually anyone notable who appeared at Madison Square Garden, where Kalinsky has been official photographer since 1966. Subjects include figures from the worlds of

Baseball: Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Gil Hodges, Ralph Kiner, Jerry Koosman, Willie Mays, Jesse Orosco, Mike Piazza, Mariano Rivera, Jackie Robinson, Tom Seaver, Casey Stengel

Basketball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Bradley, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, Red Holzman, Michael Jordan, Spike Lee (as a fan), Earl Monroe, Shaquille O'Neal, Kristaps Porziņģis, Willis Reed, Marvin "Mendy" Rudolph, Bill Russell

Boxing: Muhammad Ali, Ringo Bonavena, John F. X. Condon, Zora Folley, Joe Frazier, Emile Griffith, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ken Norton, Floyd Patterson, Earnie Shavers

Comedy: Whoopi Goldberg, Otto Griebling, Bob Hope

Dance: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Judith Jamison

Figure skating: Peggy Fleming

Football: Jim Brown, Eli Manning, Joe Namath, O. J. Simpson

Hockey: Emile Francis, Wayne Gretzky, Henrik Lundqvist, Mark Messier

Music: Tony Bennett, Leonard Bernstein, Bono, David Bowie, Aaron Copland, Bing Crosby, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Judy Garland, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimi Hendrix, Lena Horne, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Elton John, Janis Joplin, Alicia Keys, John Lennon, Madonna, Luciano Pavarotti, Elvis Presley, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Andy Williams

Religion: Pope John Paul II

Television: Howard Cosell, Walter Cronkite, Ed Sullivan

Tennis: Roger Federer, Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Juan Martín del Potro, Sloane Stephens, Serena Williams, Venus Williams


The collection is organized in two series:

Series I. Images from "I Am King of the World": Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky (1965-1999).

Series II. Images from "New York Through the Lens of George Kalinsky" (1955, 1965-2017).