In his 'Fight Me' photo set, Rich Hendry captures the raw essence of fighters in a way that no highlight reel can. These knockout images expose the hellacious shape a pro or amateur fighter must be in, as well as the inherent beating that comes with the profession.
Check out some other intense portraits of athletes below.
Implications - During the recession, many artists and photographers strayed away from beautiful, overly retouched scenes to edgy portraits that depicted grittier subjects. Unconventional "models" and visible indicators of injury such as bruises and blood featured heavily in this genre as creatives sought to explore the feelings of angst and anxiety caused by the credit crunch.