LeBron James born 1984
Born Akron, Ohio
In the summer of 2014, LeBron James stunned the sports world by leaving the Miami Heat, with whom he had won two NBA titles, to return to his first team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, in his home state of Ohio. James was seemingly set in Miami; he had promised the team on his arrival in 2010, “not one, not two, not three, not four. . .” titles. Leaving Miami broke up the so-called “dream team” of James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, but it helped restore James’s image, which had been tarnished by the televised orchestration of his decision to “take his talents to South Beach” in 2010. When Vogue pictured him on a 2008 cover as King Kong holding model Gisele Bündchen, the image raised troubling questions of racial insensitivity. James is the dominant ballplayer of his time and capable of breathtaking feats on the hardwood. He is a four-time league MVP and a two-time MVP in the NBA finals.
Rick Chapman (born 1966)
Selenium-toned gelatin silver print, 2006 (printed 2007)