Devin Yalkin’s Photographs Of Illegal Fight Nights In NYC Get You Up Close And Personal Into The Ring

Anthony and other boxer connecting punches. (Old Fire House Soho, February, 2012)

Anthony and other boxer connecting punches. (Old Fire House Soho, February, 2012)

The crowd consisting of a large number of Charlie’s friends celebrate as Charlie wins his match. (Old Fire House Soho, September, 2012)

The crowd consisting of a large number of Charlie’s friends celebrate as Charlie wins his match. (Old Fire House Soho, September, 2012)

Two boxers pair up before their match. (Old Fire House Soho, September, 2012)

Two boxers pair up before their match. (Old Fire House Soho, September, 2012)

Ring girl entertaining the crowd in-between rounds. (Old Fire House Soho, February, 2012)

Ring girl entertaining the crowd in-between rounds. (Old Fire House Soho, February, 2012)

Photographer Devin Yalkin points an unflinching eye to the underground world of illegal fight nights, capturing their raw intensity. These “Friday Night Throwdowns” happen in secret locations and venues all over New York City. In Yalkin’s series The Old One Two, this hidden world is revealed through intimate, black and white photographs with a Film Noir flavor to them. This powerful series gets you up close and personal to the fighters and the erupting crowd cheering them on. The compositions in this series can be as hazy and chaotic as the fight itself, capturing the true atmosphere of these fight nights. You can see the unrefined aggressiveness and brutality between the fighters, but also feel the excitement and energy from the audience.

Devin Yalkin allows us to take place of the spectator, seeing every bead of sweat and drop of blood on the skin of the fighters. The high tension and motion happening during these Friday Night Throwdown’s can be felt in each photograph. It is as if we are standing next to each eccentric character; the screaming fan, the eager fighter, or the elusive woman in lingerie whose role is somewhat unknown. All of the individuals shown in Yalkin’s series seem to come from all walks of life, having only the love of the fight connecting them.

Make sure to check out Devin Yalin’s new strange and beautiful series Abductions, which captures ominous scenes of which we cannot place, mysterious and alluring.
(via Featureshoot)

An abstract of two fighters. (Lower East Side loft space, November, 2011)

An abstract of two fighters. (Lower East Side loft space, November, 2011)

In the corner pep talk. (Old Fire House Soho, February, 2012)

In the corner pep talk. (Old Fire House Soho, February, 2012)

A close up of Sharkie. (Lower East Side loft space, November, 2011)

A close up of Sharkie. (Lower East Side loft space, November, 2011)

Ring girl getting going to show off in between rounds. (Old Fire House Soho, February, 2012)

Ring girl getting going to show off in between rounds. (Old Fire House Soho, February, 2012)

Max Deezy post fight portrait. (Old Fire House Soho, February, 2012)

Max Deezy post fight portrait. (Old Fire House Soho, February, 2012)

Sharkie Staxx getting his mouthpiece put in for round two of fighting. (Near the Manhattan bridge, Chinese Restaurant, NYC, February, 2011)

Sharkie Staxx getting his mouthpiece put in for round two of fighting. (Near the Manhattan bridge, Chinese Restaurant, NYC, February, 2011)

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Charlie doubles up before striking Staxx. (Near the Manhattan bridge, Chinese Restaurant, NYC, February, 2011)

Charlie doubles up before striking Staxx. (Near the Manhattan bridge, Chinese Restaurant, NYC, February, 2011)

In between rounds, Staxx gets the crowd riled up. (Near the Manhattan bridge, Chinese Restaurant, NYC, February, 2011)

In between rounds, Staxx gets the crowd riled up. (Near the Manhattan bridge, Chinese Restaurant, NYC, February, 2011)

 

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