Hank Aaron and Walter Iooss at Govinda Gallery

by Chris Murray on January 24, 2021
Hank Aaron, Montreal, 1969. © Walter Iooss.

Govinda Gallery first exhibited this photo of Hank Aaron in the great sports photographer Walter Iooss’ exhibition Classic Baseball in April of 2003. This terrific photograph captures the spontaneous joy of Hank Aaron upon seeing the legendary Satchel Paige enter the locker room to see Hank after a game in Montreal.

Havana, Cuba, 1999. © Walter Iooss.

I also exhibited Iooss’ photo of Hank Aaron in Havana at Cuba’s national photo gallery, Fototeca de Cuba, where I brought the exhibition in March of 2004. Cuba loves baseball and Hank Aaron. They also loved Walter Iooss’ photographs, including the one above of children playing baseball on a street corner in Havana that he took in 1999, which I used on the invitation card for that exhibition.

Havana, Cuba, 2004. © Jose Filosa.

Before Iooss’ opening night for his exhibition in Havana, I explored Old Havana to see if I could find the street corner where Ioos’ photograph of the Cuban children playing ball was taken. Ioos’ had no idea where it was, but I eventually found the same corner with many of the same kids from the original photo, but five years later! It was amazing. I organized a party for the next evening at the corner, and the participants in the photo gathered again for this endearing image taken by Jose Filosa.

Walter Iooss’ photographs are available through Govinda Gallery.

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