Howard Leonid Bingham (born Jackson, Mississippi, May 29, 1939 – December 15, 2016) was a biographer of Muhammad Ali and a professional photographer.
He was the son of a minister and Pullman porter. After initially failing a photography course, he was hired by a local newspaper. While working there, he met the young Cassius Clay (later to become Muhammad Ali). The two had an instant rapport, one that led to a lifelong friendship. Bingham went on to create arguably the definitive book of photographs of Ali, Muhammad Ali: A Thirty-Year Journey.
Bingham was one of the first black photographers to work on a Hollywood International Cinematographers Guild camera crew. His photographs have been published in magazines and periodicals including: Life, Look, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, People, Ebony and others. He was selected as a photographer for the 1990 project Songs of My People.
Bingham was noted for interviewing James Earl Ray, the man who was convicted of assassinating Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as photographing the Black Panthers for LIFE at various points in his career.
In 2015, Bingham's work was featured in an exhibit called "Light Catchers" at the California African American Museum along with six other prominent African-American photographers.