Baltimore, Maryland, 1963 ©Bob Peterson

Baltimore, Maryland, 1963 ©Bob Peterson

Walter Iooss Jr. (/ˈjoʊs/; born September 15th, 1943) is an American photographer best known for his award-winning images of sports' greatest athletes, including Michael Jordan, Kelly Slater, Tiger Woods, LeBron James, and Muhammad Ali. He has been called "the poet laureate of sports."

Iooss began his career shooting for Sports Illustrated in 1961 at the age of 17, and has contributed to the magazine for more than 58 years. He also photographed for the magazine's Swimsuit Issue for four decades.

Editorial Clients

Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest, ESPN, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Time, Life, Fortune, Esquire

Commercial Clients

Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Umbro, Pepse, Coke, Sprite, Gatorade, Champion, Marlboro, Camel, Kodak, Canon, Fujifilm, Upper Deck, Starter

Gallery Solo Shows

1998 Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2012 Name of show, Gallery name, city, state

Gallery Group Shows

1984 Shooting for the Gold, Washington DC, San Diego, Chicago, New York, San Francisco

2009 Sport: Iooss & Leifer, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA

Museum Solo Shows

2009 Athlete, Newseum, Washington, DC

2015 Open Air, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL

Museum Shows

2017 Who Shot Sports, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY


1999 Pictures of The Year, 2nd Place, Magazine Division / Portrait and Personality

2004 The Lucie Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award

2018 International Photography Hall of Fame, Inducted