It’s been said that Ali never met a camera he didn’t like. And as the greatest, prettiest, heavyweight champion of all-time, why should he? So, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that one of his close friends and confidants was professional photographer Howard L. Bingham. Mr. Bingham recently passed away at age 77. Bingham first met the then Cassius Clay in 1962 when he was assigned by the L.A. Sentinel, the newspaper he worked as a photographer for, to cover a press conference announcing an upcoming fight for the heavyweight challenger. After the press conference ended, he invited Clay and his brother to take a ride with him. They hit it off instantly, and from there Bingham began photographing Ali regularly about a 100 days a year. His work was noted for capturing Ali in unguarded moments that reflected the real Ali. Bingham attended L. A.’s Compton Community College, but despite failing a photography class he managed to get the photographer’s job at the Sentinel. However, he was fired after eighteen months due to spending more time on personal projects instead of the paper’s. So, he turned to photographing Ali and doing freelance work. Bingham was the first black man in the Hollywood Cinematographers Union for working on the first Bill Cosby sitcom “The Bill Cosby Show” in 1969. In 1998, SI profiled Bingham in an issue with the cover photo of him with Ali that was captioned, “Who’s that guy with Howard Bingham?” Bingham had said he believed he was the only one in Ali’s inner circle who could always be completely honest with the champ at all times since he took no money from Ali. Staying with the theme of Ali and his fondness for the camera as well as the camera’s love for Ali, his appeal as an artistic subject is also being displayed in a pair of exhibitions at the New York Historical Society. The flamboyant watercolors and sketches of renowned sports artist LeRoy Neiman and the photos of George Kalinsky, the official photographer of Madison Square Garden are on display in “Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman,and the Art of Boxing” and “I Am King of the World: Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky.” Though the two artist were close friend for abut fifty years, the contrast of their works was equal to the contrast of their very different personalities. Kalinsky was as low-key and unassumingly simple as his black and white work while Neiman was a loud, flamboyant, self-made celebrity ever bit as explosive as the wild colors in his art. Yet, both of their careers revolved to an extent around their fascinations with Ali and boxing. Neiman met Ali prior to his fight with Billy Daniels in 1962, while Kalinsky first photographed the young champion in 1965.