When Morrison Hotel Gallery co-owner Timothy White ran across the work of longtime Olympic Auditorium staff photographer Theo Ehret, he knew he had something. Ehret's images of boxers and professional wrestlers were fascinating and compelling, but how could they work at the music-centric Morrison? ''I sat on it for a while and started to think about it, and it just sort of came to me to mix rock with some of this imagery, and it started to click,'' says White. The result is a new show at the gallery (opening Sept. 12) that matches Ehret's images of pugilists with classic shots of hardcore punk chaos and glam pageantry a series of pairings that reveal the remarkable similarities between two often wildly divergent passions.
''Think about all the images of Muhammed Ali that you've seen, and then look at Theo's image of Ali,'' says White of the photo above, which juxtaposes Ehret's 1974 photo Training for The Rumble In The Jungle with an outtake of Henry Rollins from Edward Colver's cover shoot for Black Flag's album Damaged. ''He was looking for something else. There's a beauty to his compositions that just works.''