Tag:Muhammad Ali

Niye Ha Williams-Hill of Jeffersonville, Ind., photographs her daughters Evangeline, 1, and Viviana, 6, holding a flag, while on the Belvedere watch the June 10, 2016 Muhammad Ali funeral procession pause on Interstate 64 before exiting downtown at 9th Street.

Waiting for Ali

Niye Ha Williams-Hill of Jeffersonville, Ind., photographs her daughters Evangeline, 1, and Viviana, 6, holding a flag, while on the Belvedere watch the June 10, 2016 Muhammad Ali funeral procession pause on Interstate 64 before exiting downtown at 9th Street.
Niye Ha Williams-Hill of Jeffersonville, Ind., photographs her daughters Evangeline, 1, and Viviana, 6, holding a flag, while on the Belvedere watch the June 10, 2016 Muhammad Ali funeral procession pause on Interstate 64 before exiting downtown at 9th Street.

My first few frames shot on the Belvedere Friday when I arrived to stake out my position for the photo of the Muhammad Ali funeral procession to pass by on I-64 before exiting onto 9th Street were in color, then black and white … A woman brought her daughters and made a nice feature with the flag. They were actually there for the event. It made a better B&W than color, but didn’t want to send it to The C-J as a “mistake.” I don’t know what setting it was on, just glad I fixed it before shooting more.
Intead, tweeted a picture of the Muhammad Ali Center and I-64 waiting for the arrival of The Greatest.
Spoke with other photographers and waited for traffic to stop on I-64W, a sure sign of his arrival.
After almost four hours of standing there, traffic did stop, and police cars whizzed by. The procession followed, and stopped across from the Ali Center. Eastbound traffic stopped too, and photojournalists jumped out of the back of an SUV that was riding ahead of the hearse. You could hear the folks on the Belvedere chanting, “Ali, Ali,” in a video I made with my phone. It all lasted a few minutes. The motorcade took off, people left the railing and waited for the memorial to begin.
For me, off to edit and sent out photos.

Ben Physick of Austrailia watches the life of Muhammad Ali in video clips on display Thursday, Jan. 11, 2012 at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Brian Bohannon)

The Muhammad Ali Center for the Associated Press, 2012

It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Muhammad Ali Saturday morning. My love and condolences go out to his family, friends and the people who worked with him, along with the public at large. He was an international icon loved and respected by all, and Louisville will miss him the most. But his presence will last forever.
While I’ve never been introduced to Muhammad Ali or had my photo taken with him, I’ve been near him on many occasions on assignment for the AP or shooting the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards for the Ali Center. Many of my AP file photos from a 2012 assignment are being used now.
Here’s the gallery I sent at that time.
Rest in peace, Ali.


Outside in the Ali Museum

Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens

Shot for Yum! Brands for submission to the Associated Press:

Greg Roberts, president of the Muhammad Ali Center, along with Yum! Brands Foundation, present an apple tree to John F. Kennedy Elementary School Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 in Louisville, Ky., with Lonnie and Muhammad Ali as they partner to celebrate the launch of Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens globally on United Nations International Day of Peace to teach children multicultural respect and nutrition through gardens. The Muhammad Ali Center and Yum! Brands Foundation partnered to launch the initiative and Yum! Brands Foundation is underwriting the initiative as an extension of its World Hunger Relief effort. (AP Photo/Brian Bohannon)
Greg Roberts, president of the Muhammad Ali Center, along with Yum! Brands Foundation, present an apple tree to John F. Kennedy Elementary School Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 in Louisville, Ky., with Lonnie and Muhammad Ali as they partner to celebrate the launch of Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens globally on United Nations International Day of Peace to teach children multicultural respect and nutrition through gardens. The Muhammad Ali Center and Yum! Brands Foundation partnered to launch the initiative and Yum! Brands Foundation is underwriting the initiative as an extension of its World Hunger Relief effort. (AP Photo/Brian Bohannon)
Bella Hobson, 8, a third-grade student at John F. Kennedy Montessori Elementary School, sits next to Muhammad Ali Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 in Louisville, Ky., as Ali and his wife Lonnie joined nearly 600 school children at Kennedy Elementary to celebrate the launch of Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens globally on United Nations International Day of Peace to teach children multicultural respect and nutrition through gardens. The Muhammad Ali Center and Yum! Brands Foundation partnered to launch the initiative and Yum!Brands Foundation is underwriting the initiative as an extension of its World Hunger Relief effort. (AP Photo/Brian Bohannon)
Bella Hobson, 8, a third-grade student at John F. Kennedy Montessori Elementary School, sits next to Muhammad Ali Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 in Louisville, Ky., as Ali and his wife Lonnie joined nearly 600 school children at Kennedy Elementary to celebrate the launch of Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens globally on United Nations International Day of Peace to teach children multicultural respect and nutrition through gardens. The Muhammad Ali Center and Yum! Brands Foundation partnered to launch the initiative and Yum!Brands Foundation is underwriting the initiative as an extension of its World Hunger Relief effort. (AP Photo/Brian Bohannon)
Some 600 students at John F. Kennedy Montessori Elementary School form a peace sign behind their school Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 in Louisville, Ky., as The Muhammad Ali Center and Yum! Brands Foundation partner to launch Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens globally today to teach children multicultural respect and nutrition through gardens. Global humanitarian and sports icon, Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie, joined the nearly 600 school children at John F. Kennedy Montessori Elementary School to celebrate the launch on United Nations International Day of Peace. Yum!Brands Foundation is underwriting the initiative as an extension of its World Hunger Relief effort. (AP Photo/Brian Bohannon)
Some 600 students at John F. Kennedy Montessori Elementary School form a peace sign behind their school Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 in Louisville, Ky., as The Muhammad Ali Center and Yum! Brands Foundation partner to launch Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens globally today to teach children multicultural respect and nutrition through gardens. Global humanitarian and sports icon, Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie, joined the nearly 600 school children at John F. Kennedy Montessori Elementary School to celebrate the launch on United Nations International Day of Peace. Yum!Brands Foundation is underwriting the initiative as an extension of its World Hunger Relief effort. (AP Photo/Brian Bohannon)