The Aura of Boxing explores the world of the boxing gym, a tough environment in which boxers train their minds and their bodies in preparation for the gruelling challenges of the ring. Kandhola powerfully captures the gritty atmosphere of the gym and the unrelenting physical effort demanded of the boxers.
As well as looking at the training environment Kandhola focuses on three established figures in boxing: Julius Francis, a four-times British Heavyweight and Commonwealth champion, who Kandhola first photographed in 2000 just before his fight with Mike Tyson; Robert McCracken, who won the British Light Middleweight title in 1994 and the Commonwealth title in 1995 – currently McCracken is Performance Director for the British Olympic team, and personal coach to Carl Froch; and Howard ‘Clakka’ Clarke who fought at Madison Square Garden for the IBF Light Middleweight Title – he lost, after which his career took a significant nose-dive with him winning only one fight out of his next seventy. He retired in 2007.
Max Kandhola is an established UK photographer who has exhibited widely in Europe and the USA. His work is held in private and public collections including Autograph ABP, London; The Deutsche Bank Collection; Light Work Syracuse New York; National Media Museum, Bradford; and Birmingham Library. Kandhola is currently Head of Photography at Nottingham Trent University. This is his fourth book.
A former Middleweight amateur boxer, with experience of schoolboy, student and white-collar boxing, David Scott is a professor at Trinity College Dublin where he also acts as a part-time boxing coach. As a boxing writer he has focussed on the aesthetics of the sport, on boxing art and on boxing posters and has contributed essays on the subject to many UK and European journals.
200mm x 240mm
Published with the support of Nottingham Trent University and Arts Council England