Dick Druckman’s rise to prominence in the world of sports photography is as remarkable as his pictures. Born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, he went on to earn a BA degree from Trinity College and an MBA from Columbia University. Throughout his schooling Dick was an avid sports fan. He then married his Sweetheart Joan before beginning a successful career at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) in Princeton, New Jersey, where he eventually became Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning.
In 1984 Dick took his family to the Los Angeles Olympics and had a number of his photographs published by several news agencies. It was at this point, that his passion for photography turned from a hobby to a profession and ultimately to a second career. In 2001, Dick retired from Bristol-Myers Squibb and established his sports photography gallery and business, Gold Medal Impressions, Inc. which is now the largest sports photography gallery in the country. Dick has been able to marry his love of sports with his passion for photography.
Over the past 35 years, Dick has captured thousands of award winning images at the past 12 Super Bowls, World Series, Stanley Cup Finals, NBA Championships, and Olympic Games. Many of these once-in-a lifetime photographs have appeared in Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Parade Magazine, and The Associated Press, which placed them in newspapers and publications around the world.
“My interest in photography began as a child,” he says.” My dad, a salesman, was a camera buff. He took moving pictures with an 8- millimeter camera and stills with a Kodak Brownie camera. He made calendars of my two sisters and me to give to his customers. Like my dad, my first camera was a Kodak Brownie (which I showcase in my gallery) but I soon graduated to an Olympus and then to a Nikon.”