Gold Medal Impressions to host photo show

   Renowned photographer Richard Druckman, who has thrilled athletes and fans alike with his world-class sports photography, is opening his exclusive gallery to the public for his 2005 holiday photo sale and exhibit.
   The Gold Medal Impressions Holiday Photo Sale will begin on Saturday and run through Sunday, Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Gold Medal Impressions Gallery, 43 Princeton-Hightstown Road in Princeton Junction.
   Druckman’s work has been featured in USA TODAY, Sports Illustrated, Parade Magazine, The Associated Press, Life Magazine, on QVC and in many local newspapers. He displays a first-rate portfolio that captures the highlights of major football, basketball, baseball, hockey and Olympic events.
   Druckman’s photographic art makes perfect holiday gifts for active sports buffs and arm-chair quarterbacks.
   "I call my photographs magical," says Druckman, "because when something happens in a final game, in a first game, in a championship, I get a feeling of something very special. I always have. I want to be there to capture it with a photograph."
   Now on view at Gold Medal Impressions are photographs Druckman shot last summer during a recent excursion — the 2005 Tour de France.
   "It was the final race in the final Tour for Lance Armstrong, a hugely important athlete," says Mr. Druckman. "Not only does he do a great job promoting cancer research, he is also an amazing miracle of hard work and positive thinking. I had to be there for his final laps."
   Druckman has always had a passion for sports and for photography.
   Born in Hartford, Conn., Druckman grew up an avid sports fan. He later moved on to the business world, landing a job as the head of strategic planning at Bristol-Myers Squibb after receiving his education at Trinity College and later at Columbia University’s Graduate School. Now retired from his corporate position, he devotes all of his time to his two passions: his family and sports photography.
   Along with his wife, Joan, and their three sons, Druckman has been a resident of West Windsor for the past 35 years.
   Says Druckman, "within the next three years, I will be going to my eighth and ninth Olympics in Tarino, Italy, and then Beijing, China. I will be at the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA Finals, you name it."
   When you walk into Gold Medal Impressions, Druckman has larger-than-life photos of Armstrong, a homage-in-miniature to someone who stared down tragedy, both as an athlete and as a cancer survivor.
   Sports enthusiasts who enjoy rooting for such teams as the Giants, 76ers, Yankees, Devils, Eagles, Jets, Mets, and Flyers will feel right at home browsing through his extensive collections highlighting the regional rivalries and triumphs.
   Druckman personally introduces you to his work by showing you around his gallery into the football room, the baseball room and the basketball room.
   Druckman believes that his is one of the biggest sports galleries in the country. And it is certainly filled with highlight moments, with hundreds of pictures, including those of Shaq, Jordan, T.O., Pat Summit, Lebron, Jeter, Piazza, McNabb, the Yankees, the Red Sox, the Rangers, the Patriots, Jerry Rice, Wayne Gretzky, Mia Hamm, and even Rutgers sports.
   Local high school teams also receive a great deal of attention at Druckman’s studio.
   "I have a number of shots featuring football, soccer, lacrosse and softball players from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South as well as North," said Druckman.
   All images are available for sale in a variety of sizes, both matted and framed, priced to appeal to a wide range of budgets. Images are printed on archival paper using archival inks.
   Gold Medal Impressions is located at 43 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction, 606-9001. On the Web: