This past September, David Davis contributed at our Native Intelligence blog a lovely piece on the legacy and death of Theo Ehret, his friend who for many years was the house photographer at the Olympic Auditorium. Since then, a show of Ehret's work has opened at the 722 Figueroa gallery in Downtown. More recently, KCRW's Lisa Napoli did a nice piece about Ehret on the radio:
You don’t have to be a boxer or wrestler to appreciate the photography of the late Theo Ehret, who served for decades as the house photographer at the storied Olympic Auditorium downtown and died this past September at the age of 91.
The German-born Ehret lived for years in Echo Park, and his images capture a moment in time in Los Angeles as much they do the storied characters who appeared there.
The photos can be viewed by appointment through Nov. 30. Vice magazine also posted a slide show of Theo Ehret's boxing and wrestling photos.
Does anybody know who the boxer is being attended to on the mat at the Olympic in the photo above? Hell of a picture. Below, wrestling bedlam with Andre the Giant, Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton (not at the Olympic, and not Sonny Liston), and is that Mando Ramos at the bottom? Remember, for tickets call RIchmond 9-5171.
Fixed: The boxer battling Ali is not Sonny Liston but Ken Norton, according to boxing people. Check out our April story on Ali's LA boxing career.