He was called "The Baseball Photographer," the man who put his camera away after the World Series and didn't unpack it again until Opening Day, but Conlon's work is not that simple. Though he had no artistic pretense, his images are certainly works of art, and if his subject, on the surface, was the "National Pastime," his focus was really on capturing depth of character; his characters just happened to be ballplayers. Conlon's stark, vivid, black-and-white photographs caught an era that spanned the turn of the century to the second World War, and some of the moments he froze remain breathtakingly stunning: the sad eyes of Babe Ruth in deep close-up, the hope in the smile of a rookie Lou Gehrig, the dignity of Walter Johnson, the impishness of Casey Stengel, the burdens of Honus Wagner, the arrogance of Nap Lajoie and Tris Speaker, and the concentration of Christy Mathewson. This is a magnificent collection, one capable of superimposing the past onto the present; it is visually arresting--and alluring--like the game itself. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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You have to LOVE these images. Conlon was a genius. This has a prominent place on my coffee table and in my heart.Published 3 months ago by Raymond E. Santee
beautiful book of history and the unique Americana that should be documented!Published 6 months ago by Heidi L. Strander
love reading about the old time players and the photographs were excellentPublished 10 months ago by judy schwinnen
Conlon was a classic photographer and his images are timeless and puts us back in the days when baseball was innocent in our eyes. Read morePublished 15 months ago by B. Mraz
... If you love baseball.. Escape into its past with Charles Conlon! Classic portraits and pictures of America's Greatest game! A must have!Published 16 months ago by Laura Miklos
Get this book! Jump into it with both feet and come out dripping wet with baseball richness. Towel off and run - don't walk - to your computer and order the 2nd one immediately. Read morePublished 21 months ago by M. Hearing