Being invited to New York to help Time Warner entertain it’s clients at Trump National was a wonderful experience. Their famous water fall par three hole didn’t disappoint, being over 200 yards long with a very narrow green, over 40 yards long, makes for an exciting hole to play. I enjoyed the drops in elevation, the condition of the course was excellent, and the clubhouse was very well done with great views of the course. This being said, the highlight of being asked to New York was that it gave me the opportunity to visit with Jules Alexander my friend that I can sit and talk with for hours. Jules photographed my wife and I at Cypress Point before we had children, as well as later in Denver among the wildflowers with my daughter Mary Catherine. His time, energy, passion, and love of his profession is so contagious that my family is energized to be around him. Jules shot my clothing line for Wal-Mart stores in the early 90’s, the tags from the shirts are still some of my favorite photo’s of all time. I hope that you will look Jules up, ask him to photograph your family, friends, or any event that needs a true professional. I was flattered when he started to shoot me while playing at the Westchester Classic in New York early in my career. I knew immediately that something special was happening from the angles he was taking photo’s of me, some of which are the angles I had seen in his photo’s of Hogan. Story telling is one of Jules’ favorite pastimes, with an emphasis on all the golfers like Seve, Mickelson, Langer, Nicklaus etc. which he has come to really enjoy. One of my favorite photo’s hangs in his office depicts Jack Nicklaus teaching one of his sons to play golf, leaning over his son taking him through his swing. Barbara Nicklaus has that one hanging in her home in a very special place because it captures Jack as the wonderful father that he is in such a beautiful, emotional way. Everyone that loves good photo’s should make it a point to look up Jules due to his ability to capture images that move your heart. Here is some background on Jules Alexander, also I’m going to have my interview downloaded soon so you’ll be able to meet him up close and personal. He grew up in New York. Began taking pictures at the age of 12 and by the age of 15 was photographing jazz musicians Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington for Down Beat magazine. At the age of 18 Jules enlisted in the Navy, became an aerial reconnaissance photographer during World War II in the South Pacific. After the war he returned to New York to become a top advertising and fashion photographer. It wasn’t until 1959 and a self-assignment with golfing great, Ben Hogan that Jules began his work in golf. Since then he has photographed hundreds of golf courses world-wide and covered hundreds of professional and amateur tournaments. His work is on display at the World Golf Hall of Fame and Golf House and can be found in golf clubs and homes throughout the world. Most notably Jules’ Ben Hogan photographs are featured in the book “The Hogan Mystique” published in 1994.
Twelve of his Hogan prints hang in permanent display at the World Golf Hall of Fame. Also,an exhibition is on display at Golf House in Far Hills, New Jersey. At this USGA museum there is a photograph chosen to be displayed over the fireplace in the Hogan Room by Mrs. Hogan. Everyone that has experienced one of Jules’ great works has grown to love him as a photographer, in addition, I’m hopeful that everyone will be fortunate to know him as a truly great husband, father, and friend, as my family has, and many other of my golfing friends have. Here’s to you Jules–I love you dearly. http://www.julesalexander.com/