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Tough Guys

John Wyatt

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Mixed martial arts have exploded in popularity. While the sport is in the news and there is a lot known about the fighters’ styles and records, there is not much known about them personally, until now. This book, with over 70 vivid, intimate portraits, explores the human side of sixty “tough guys,” those who depend on strength and violence for their livelihoods. But, this book goes further, including people from other physical occupations, including bouncers, a bounty hunter, a combat military soldier, a barroom brawler, and an underground fighter. All of them are tough and none of them would ever quit in a fight. However, here we find out who they really are in their own words, what they fear, how they fight with injuries, and in what ways they are the same as and different from those who do not fight. For anyone with a passion for the human story, this book will be a treasured addition to their library.

Size: 9″ x 12″ | 78 color & b/w images | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764345227 | Binding: hard cover


John Wyatt was born in Brooklyn and later moved to New Jersey, where he now resides. John was a sociology major who has always had an interest in people and their behavior He retired after working for 33 years as a social worker and administrator in the public sector. His interest in boxing began at the age of five, and his interest in making photographic portraits began in his 30s. He is fascinated by people in subcultures and enjoys photographing and interviewing them in their own environments. His first book Under My Skin (Schiffer Publishing, LTD), contained photographs of heavily tattooed people taken over a period of 27 years. Photographs from this project have been published in magazines and books and exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States. His work is in the collection of the Jersey City Museum.The idea for this, John’s second book, was to photograph fighters in all disciplines, as well as those who work in fields that involve violence and to reveal the personalities behind their tough exteriors. These images portray the individuals in their own settings in order to show a side other than the stereotypes that appear in the media. The book illuminates what it is that motivates these people to choose to fight for a living. This is also John’s second book with Schiffer Publishing.