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Magic Moments in Princeton Sports
Robert Landau, owner of the Nassau Street clothing store that bears his name, is a big fan of Dick Druckman’s sports photographs. Druckman, owner of the Gold Medal Impressions gallery on Princeton-Hightstown Road (www.goldmedalimpressions.com), travels the world to capture great moments in sports. A freelance photographer who sells his pictures to magazines, including Sports Illustrated, and newspapers such as the New York Times, Druckman is well into his second career. A graduate of Trinity College and Columbia Business School, he had been a senior executive with Bristol-Myers Squibb for 35 years.
Now pursuing his passion full time, Druckman specializes in photos of professional athletes. His friend Landau suggested, however, that he might enjoy capturing Princeton University athletes. Delighted with the results, Landau is mounting an exhibition of Druckman’s color photos of Princeton athletes at his store in time for Reunions weekend. The exhibit opens on Wednesday, May 26, and runs through Saturday, June 12, at Landau’s of Princeton, 102 Nassau Street. 609-924-3494.
"Every athlete has that magic moment," says Druckman, whose work includes such moments as Aaron Boone’s game-winning home run for the Yankees against the Red Sox last fall. "The whole key in capturing the magic is a matter of seconds."
Druckman’s remarkable collection began as a hobby pursued on weekends and family vacations. The 1984 Los Angeles Olympics marked the beginning of his dream second career. The infatuation turned into a professional pursuit after he retired from the corporate world in 2001. "The years at Bristol gave me the means to do what I’m doing," he says.
As a freelancer for the Associated Press, he already has his press pass for the XXVIII Olympiad in Greece in August. But sometimes he has trouble getting into the high profile events and venues where the world’s greatest athletes compete. "Press passes have been difficult to obtain since 9/11," he says. "Access is everything. It is important to shoot from a good position." When he cannot obtain a press pass, Druckman pays top price for seats at an event – usually within the first three rows.
He also pays top dollar to stay in good hotels that have the Internet access that he needs to transmit photos quickly and easily to AP. Setting up the equipment before the game and rushing back to the room with the camera is necessary. "There are possibly six other freelance photographers at the same event and we are all competing for the same photo."
"Everyone has a dream and here I am doing what I love to do," says Druckman. "I am living my dream."
Friends of Mercer County Library, Lawrence Branch seek actors for "Much Ado About Nothing" for October performances. Audition dates are Thursday, May 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, June 2, 7 to 10 p.m.; and Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence. Call Michael Kerr at 609-989-6922 for information.
Pennington Players seeks actors for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" for performances October 1 to 10 at Kelsey Theater. Auditions are Sunday, July 11, noon to 6 p.m. and Monday, July 12, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Kelsey Theater, Mercer College, West Windsor. Auditioners must be ages 16 and up. For appointment call 609-737-PLAY. All roles are open and newcomers are welcome.
Saint Genesius Players seeks actors for "Jesus Christ Superstar" for performers 16 and older. Auditions are Monday to Wednesday, June 7, 8, and 9, at 7 p.m. at the Saint Joseph Church parish hall, Yorktown Road, Hillsborough. Call 732-251-7936 for information.
Villagers Theater seeks actors for "Moon Over Buffalo to be performed in September and October. Auditions are Tuesday, June 8, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 12, 2 p.m. Call Linda Giordano at 908-470-9364 for information. Auditions are at 415 Demott Lane, Somerset.
Fresh Air Fund seeks volunteer families to share their homes with New York City children from underprivileged communities this summer. Call Betsy Bloemeke at 609-448-1027.
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