Howard Bingham

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Howard Bingham (born Jackson, Mississippi, 1939) is a biographer of Muhammad Ali and a professional photographer.

He was the son of a minister and Pullman porter. After initially failing a photography course, he was hired by a local newspaper. While working there, he met the young Cassius Clay (later to become Muhammad Ali). The two had an instant rapport, one that led to a lifelong friendship. Bingham went on to create arguably the definitive book of photographs of Ali, Muhammad Ali: A Thirty-Year Journey.[1]

Bingham was one of the first black photographer to work on a Hollywood International Cinematographers Guild camera crew. Adger Cowans joined the local 644 in 1969 which became the local 600 after working on Cotton Comes to Harlem produced by MGM.[citation needed] His photographs have been published in magazines and periodicals including: Life, Look, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, People, Ebony and others. He was selected as a photographer for the 1990 project Songs of My People.[2]


  1. ^ Bingham, Howard L., et al. Muhammad Ali: a Thirty Year Journey. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993. ISBN 0-671-76078-5
  2. ^ University of Missouri. "Songs of My People: A Collection of Photographs from the Museum of Art and Archaeology." Accessed August 7, 2009.