In 1981, Parsons School of Design student Lori Grinker set out to document a small slice of boxing history unfolding at legendary trainer Cus D’Amato’s home in the Catskills. A 13-year old Mike Tyson was training to become a world champion, and Grinker’s timing couldn’t have been any better.
For a decade, Grinker captured the rise and fall of Tyson, forging a friendship along the way with the shy teen who ascended to the top of the heavyweight division at 20 years old, until his first professional loss at the hands of Buster Douglas in 1991.
A set of images is now being sold through the curated design site 1stdibs alongside a forthcoming book “Mike Tyson: 1981-1991”.
Also in the show: Hannah Morales’ stunning photos of whale sharks in the Philippines, Frank Herbert documents the weird and eye-catching design of Russian subway stations, Allen places an order for the new Nikon Z9, and a photo of a owl chick is the most popular post on Facebook.
We mention the following photographers, articles, and websites in this episode:
- Lori Grinker’s Artful Photographs of a Young Mike Tyson Are a Knockout! (via 1stDibs)
- Please Don’t Feed the Whale Sharks? Fishing Town Says It Must, to Prosper (via NYT)
- Redefining Beauty (via NatGeo)
- The Stunning Grandeur of Soviet-Era Metros (via NYT)
- What you need to know about the new Nikon Z9 (via DPReview)
- Photographer Captures Baby Barn Owl Mid-Run (via PetaPixel)