Walter Iooss Jr. has been a professional photographer since the age of 19. He is best known for his work with “Sports Illustrated” magazine (including nearly 300 cover photographs) and for his portraits of famous athletes like Michael Jordan, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Ken Griffey, Jr. He earned his first cover at age 20 with a picture of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Art Mahaffey.
Iooss was an in-house photographer for Atlantic Records in New York, where his subjects included performers like James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. In 1982, Iooss was recruited by Fujifilm to work on an extended study of athletes who were working their way to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. The project resulted in the publication of the book, “Shooting for the Gold.”