Kobe Bryant born 1978
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kobe Bryant’s father was the well-traveled basketball player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant. Kobe, who was named after the expensive Japanese steak, spent some of his youth in Europe, where his father played professionally. Drafted out of high school in Philadelphia, Bryant has spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the next NBA superstar after Michael Jordan: a five-time NBA champion; the league MVP in 2008; and a sixteen-time All-Star -- he once scored eighty-one points in a game. Bryant, not unlike Jordan, can be a difficult teammate. Extremely emotive, Bryant dominates the court not just with his play but also with a ferocious scowl that he directs toward teammates, opponents, and the audience. Bryant was charged with sexual assault in Colorado (2003–4); the suit was later dropped and a settlement was reached with the complainant.
Rick Chapman (born 1966)
Selenium-toned gelatin silver print, 2007