UFC champ Ronda Rousey and tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki pose for Walter Iooss in Sports Illustrated’s 2015 Swimsuit Issue

Over the years, Walter Iooss‘ many contributions to Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue have ranged from cover portraits of Christie Brinkley, Kate Upton, Petra Nemcova, and Brooklyn Decker, to “Body Paint” features and portraits of “Swimsuit Issue Legends.” For this year’s issue, which just hit newsstands, Walter photographed a pair of top athletes: Ronda Rousey, an […]

Swimsuit Issue galore: 2014 models in St. Lucia, body paint, and legends photographed by Walter Iooss

Sports Illustrated kept Walter Iooss very busy with its 50th anniversary Swimsuit Issue. The magazine asked him to photograph an exclusive portfolio of legendary Swimsuit models in a New York City studio—from Heidi Klum and Christie Brinkley to Carol Alt, Paulina Porizkova, and Brooklyn Decker—and sent him to St. Lucia to shoot models Lauren Mellor, […]

Video: Watch Walter Iooss chat with Charlie Rose about shooting for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, and hear from the models

Walter Iooss appeared on The Charlie Rose Show last Friday, in a segment dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue. He has shot 13 covers and countless inside images in his 38 years of contributing to the issue, and it’s fun to hear him talk about his experiences. You can watch the […]

Video: Go behind the scenes as Walter Iooss shoots Barbie for a Swimsuit Issue–themed campaign for Mattel

. Thanks to his many years of shooting for Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue, Walter Iooss can say he’s photographed legendary models such as Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Elle Macpherson, and now…Barbie. For the 50th anniversary Swimsuit Issue, which hit stands this past Monday, Walter photographed Mattel‘s enduring feminine icon for an ad campaign appearing in […]

Every Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover that Walter Iooss has ever shot

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue, we present every Swimsuit cover that Walter Iooss has shot over the years, plus a gallery of Walter’s personal favorites from these and his many other Swimsuit Issue shoots… . . . .

Walter Iooss shoots “Body Paint” feature for Sports Illustrated’s latest Swimsuit Issue

For Sports Illustrated‘s 2013 Swimsuit Issue, Walter Iooss photographed a feature that, ironically, contains no actual swimsuits at all. For “Body Paint,” the models—Chrissy Teigen, Alyssa Miller, Kate Upton, Anne V, Nina Agdal, and Ariel Meredith—each sport a famous suit inspired by past Swimsuit Issues swimsuits and created solely with body paint. The shoot took […]

Recent pages from Walter Iooss’ diaries

As you may know, Walter Iooss keeps a diary. Diaries, actually. He fills them with newspaper clippings, cutout photos, his own images, handwritten text, and mixed-media embellishments of his own design. They’re part travel journal, part photo book, and totally Walter. Here’s a look at three spreads he recently sent me from November 2011, when […]

Walter Iooss lands cover of Sports Illustrated’s new Swimsuit Issue

Sports Illustrated‘s 2012 Swimsuit Issue just hit stands yesterday—and we’re so excited that the cover photo, of 19-year-old model Kate Upton, is by Walter Iooss. Congratulations, Walter! . . Kate, who was photographed by the legendary Sports Illustrated contributor in Australia, told CBSNews.com that the image that made the magazine’s cover “was one of the […]

Walter Iooss, Bjorn Iooss, and the Swimsuit Issue

. On a dreary, rain-soaked Manhattan day near the end of a loooong winter, one’s mind drifts to thoughts of tropical climates where the sun is constant and there’s not a shred of wool to be found. Places like you see in the current Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, the cover of which was shot not […]

Walter Iooss’ new book is “Heaven” on earth

. . Walter’s been shooting for Sports Illustrated for 47 years—he had his first assignment for the magazine when he was just 16. It’s pretty incredible, when you think about it. Now there’s a book that surveys his photographs for SI‘s famed Swimsuit Issue, to which he has contributed 23 times. Heaven is a 256-page […]