A video tour of Walter Iooss’ diary

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Last fall, I wrote about the Newseum’s exhibition “Athlete: The Sports Illustrated Photography of Walter Iooss.” The show was supposed to close in December, but the museum decided to extend it—for another year.

“The visitor response to our ‘Athlete’ exhibit has been overwhelmingly positive,” Cathy Trost, the Newseum’s director of exhibits, told me by email. “Because of this, the Newseum has decided to keep the exhibit up through January, 2011.” Go, Walter!

More than 150,000 people have visited the museum since “Athlete” opened on October 9. The show, as the Newseum’s site notes, features “more than 40 photos from Iooss’s nearly 50-year career, each accompanied by the story behind the image, told in Iooss’s own words. He describes his relationship with Michael Jordan, his favorite athlete, and recalls the emotional day he photographed his boyhood hero, Johnny Unitas, whose hand was so damaged by football that he couldn’t hold a cup of coffee.”

The museum has created a robust online complement to the show that includes a video tour of Walter’s diaries. Click on the image below to have a look.

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More details at http://www.newseum.org/ or Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC, 20001; 888.639.7386.

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