Michael Phelps born 1985
Born Towson, Maryland
Swimming is rarely in the American public eye except during the Olympic games, and Michael Phelps has become a household name because of his incredible domination of the sport across three Olympiads. At the Beijing Olympics (2008) he took home a staggering eight gold medals. His career total is eighteen gold medals, double the number of the next-highest winner. Phelps has also won multiple titles at the world championships and at other major swim competitions. Although past his peak, Phelps still won four golds and two silvers in the 2012 London games, and he is aiming for a place in the pool for the 2016 games in Brazil. Phelps, even more than most athletes because he is nearly invisible in the water, is present to us in his record-breaking domination of the pool but remains a mysterious, elusive persona.
Rick Chapman (born 1966)
Selenium-toned gelatin silver print, 2007