These boxers come from all over the world (and from all walks of life) to train at Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym, in Hollywood. In terms of creating portraits, there was something intriguing about seeing someone capable of great ferocity and athleticism, at rest. After training for hours, sparring, these fighters were beyond the point of self-awareness, allowing me to capture them as they truly are.
Russ Lamoureux is a director and photographer working out of Los Angeles and New York. He is interested in the power of images to tell stories. He credits the storytelling prowess of a wide range of artists—John Updike, Stephen Shore, Robert Altman, to name a few—as influential in his own work. An Emmy-winning director, he’s helmed commercials for some of the world’s most respected agencies: Mother, London; TBWA/Chiat/Day; BBDO, and Wieden+Kennedy. His still photography can be seen most months in peloton, a cycling and culture magazine. His portrait series “Undercard” was part of a group show at Untitled Gallery, LA in the spring of ’11.