Cap­tur­ing Ho­gan’s mystique.

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In 1959, Jules Alexan­der was a fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher who, on a whim, took the train from New York City to sub­ur­ban Ma­maro­neck to check out the US Open at Winged Foot Golf Club. Alexan­der hadn’t pho­tographed golf. He didn’t have a press cre­den­tial. Yet when he wan­dered onto the course, he was per­cep­tive enough to recog­nise some­thing unique in Ben Ho­gan who, at 46, was still a com­mand­ing pres­ence.

Alexan­der died in Au­gust, 2016, at 90, after a cel­e­brated ca­reer cap­tur­ing iconic images of the game’s big­gest fig­ures, from Palmer to Nick­laus to Woods. Alexan­der’s most cel­e­brated pic­ture is the one above of Ho­gan lean­ing against his put­ter on the green, head turned to the side, a cig­a­rette in his right hand. When Alexan­der told the story of that photo, he re­called Ho­gan hold­ing his po­si­tion just long enough for the pho­tog­ra­pher to make it work. “I sit at my desk, and I can see the pic­ture ev­ery day, and just re­cently I be­gan to think, Why did he stand there just long enough for me to take all these frames with three dif­fer­ent cam­eras?” Alexan­der said in 2006. “I’m go­ing to have the temer­ity to think that he posed for me by say­ing to him­self, I’m go­ing to give this guy a shot.”

“My dad loved golf be­cause it brought peo­ple to­gether,” said Carl Alexan­der, Jules’ youngest son, who is di­rec­tor of golf at the Golf Club of Pur­chase in New York. “And he liked it be­cause it had in­tegrity to it, and that’s what he was all about. That’s what he taught us.” – sam wein­man

The artist and his muse Jules Alexan­der (in­set) and his iconic Ben Ho­gan pho­to­graph.

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