We often forget what we can no longer
see. I remember when I was invited to
photograph Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday
with Evander Holyfield. I was there as
Holyfield’s personal photographer to cover
him, and when Ali’s people saw I had a
camera, his security approached me to
confiscate it. Apparently I was in a “No
Camera” zone. I yelled at Holyfield to come
help me, as he quickly came down to pull
me from the roped area and escort me
up to the ring. There I found myself next
to Ali and Neil Armstrong. “I’m amongst
the greats,” I thought to myself. Just then,
Holyfield carried Ali out of his wheelchair, as
he walked around the ring, and I was there
to capture such an amazing moment in
time, free of any other photographers.
Where would this moment be without a
print to document and share? A month after,
I printed and mounted this image on Entrada
Rag Bright 13x19 to give to Holyfield. It
turned out beautiful. And when I talk about
the power of a print, there I find Holyfield
with Mike Tyson’s manager and publicist.
They see the print and are impacted by
the moment. Not only did they share this
moment, but they also saw the quality of
my work. Everybody wants to be like that
person in the picture. We are privileged as
photographers to provide that opportunity.
My main purpose for making prints
is to entice emotion. It gratifies us as
photographers when we show that print to a
client and get reactions of jubilation.
Photographically, we live in the most
wondrous of times, where the power
of visual communication, creation and
LEFT: Hernan Rodriguez’s everlasting memory
of a boxing legend. ABOVE: One of John
Stanmeyer’s ongoing goals is to print key shots
from his archive of one million digital images.
THE POWER OF PRINT
as told to paige clark
Permanence and History
Three photographers share the power of their prints.
As technology becomes more advanced and the digital world expands, our printing
should, too. Print empowers visual thinkers to share their inspiration through a tactile
and long-lasting experience with the ability to discover refined detail. Surrounded by a
wide range of papers these days, photographers are given the opportunity to explore their
creative abilities and discover their artistry. Three photographers working in different genres
weigh in on why they print their work.