Award winning photojournalist Michael Gaffney was the personal photographer to Muhammad Ali from 1977-1978, amassing a collection of over 8,000 photographs and countless hours of tape recordings. Piecing together over 100 rare insider photos from this collection along with the recordings, Gaffney presents an authentic visual look back at Ali in his book, "The Champ-My Year With Muhammad Ali." The quotes which describe these photographs are from "The Champ" and 14 of these images in two different sizes are now being offered in a Limited Print Edition. This collection is a beautiful way to bear witness to one of the most extraordinary cultural treasures of our lifetime...The Greatest, Muhammad Ali.
Michael Gaffney had a Corporate Photography business in New Jersey for 34 years before moving to Sunriver, Oregon where he continues a lifelong love of making pictures.
University of Dayton, BS 1971, The Germaine School of Photography, NYC.
An ESPN special featuring Michael Gaffney's collection, "Muhammad Ali: The Champ," narrated by Boxing Hall of Fame writer, Bert Randolph Sugar. Several photographs from the book, The Champ are featured in the recently released film, "I AM ALI" by noted British director, Clare Lewins. Michael Gaffney is a contract photographer with Muhammad Ali Enterprises and Authentic Brands Group, Manhattan, NY for commercial licensing.
Michael Gaffney's,"Muhammad Ali: The Champ" photo collection has been exhibited at; The Morris Museum, The Riverside Gallery, The Compton Gallery in New Jersey. The San Francisco Art Exchange, The Proud Gallery Chelsea, London, The London Olympics 2012, "Ali In The Rings," Bradford, UK. The Proud Gallery Camden, London 2016, "I AM THE GREATEST,"
Muhammad Ali at The London 02-2016, The Harlem Fine Arts Show, NYC- 2017