The American People Archive.Atlantic City Portfolio. Tropicana Casino.RoundsGirl Entering Ring.1978
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This documentary image of the Rounds Girl entering the ring between boxing rounds was made in Atlantic City, at the Tropicana Casino - during the opening series of Friday Night Fights at the gambling casino - the first Las Vegas style nightclub built along the famous boardwalk of Atlantic City. It was soon followed by other modern type gambling casinos which permanently changed the identity of the old boardwalk.
Fortunately, I photographed my documentary series - the Atlantic City Portfolio in 1974 before the massive changes occurred - thus documenting the older identity of the historical boardwalk.
This image was photographed with film - Kodak TriX 400ASA - in available low light at a low shutter speed (60thSec @ f/4) - at the critical edge of sharpness and depth of field for a hand held image, and to reduce blur - used a Leica Rangefinder with a normal 50mm lens (my standard lens whose angle of view is nearest to the human eye) in order to maintain a natural angle of perspective and balance to the composition, and was very conscious of the critical timing for this one documented moment.
It was a large fight crowd and the Rounds girl was both shy and proud of her appearance in such a lovely graceful way - that the crowd was instantly quieted by her charming personality - which was in contrast to the preceding violence of the heavyweight fight - which was won by a fighter and actor named Leo Canolito, who was managed by Sylvester Stallone, and appeared as a lead in one Stallone's movies.
After the contest, I documented the post-fight cocktail party with Mr.Stallone - taking followup portraits of Stallone, Canolito and heavyweight contender Jerry Cooney - that is part of the juxtaposition and sequencing in this series of images.
This historical image - a One-of-Kind vintage archival Silver Print - was printed full-frame in 1974 by the artist without any manipulation for artistic effect, and is also exhibited and offered for purchase at ArtSlant.com.
Also by Alwyn Scott Turner
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