Charles Conlon, the photographer who chronicled baseball’s development in the early 20th century, will have a showing of twenty of his major works at the Openhouse Gallery, 201 Mulberry Street in New York City, on Monday, Sept. 19 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. The invitation-only event will include five original works of art replicating the Conlon Collection by the celebrated photorealist artist Adam Port.
Mr. Port has been invited by the John Rogers Photo Archives, the evening’s presenter, and owner of the complete Sporting News photo archives, which includes the Conlon Collection. Mr. Rogers and Mr. Port will be present for the event, along with a number of sports and entertainment celebrities arranged by Martin Gover through his Momentum Sports Management, Inc. Both the Conlon photos and the Port originals will be offered for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House of New York.
Conlon, who is to baseball what Mathew Brady was to Civil War photography, was a New York-based photographer who shot the game from 1904-1942, pioneering action photography while taking remarkable pictures of the game’s maturity into the national pastime. His best-known work, a determined Ty Cobb sliding into third, will be among the works displayed, and among the pieces captured by Mr. Port. Working at Hilltop Park, the Polo Grounds, Yankee Stadium, Washington Park and Ebbets Field, Conlon was able to capture players from both leagues – four decades of stars and common players. His work is preserved in some 8400 glass negatives, and is currently featured in a book, The Big Show, written by Neal McCabe and Constance McCabe, and published by Sporting News in conjunction with the John Rogers Photo Archives.
The Rogers Archives, based in North Little Rock, Arkansas, also owns the photo archivesof Sport Magazine, the Boston Herald, theChicago Sun-Times, the Detroit News, the St. Petersburg Times, the Denver Post and the Seattle Times, in addition to the individual collections of photographers like Barney Stein, Don Wingfield, and Arthur Rickerby, along with audio tapes from authors, the archives of the George Michael Sports Machine, and the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports. Rogers Photo Archives licenses use of the images to publishers and collectors, and PlanetGIANT markets the photography in a variety of ways to consumers, such as inspirational posters and laptop skins.
Long Island-based Adam Port, has emerged as one of the rising stars in the world of sports culture. His work often requires a double-take to make certain it is in fact a painting. Once the “amazement level” passes, observers marvel at the talent required to deliver a work of art with such a high degree of realism. Port has created work of/for many professional athletes including Ray Lewis, Michael Jordan and Carmelo Anthony.
Ronald McDonald House New York provides a temporary “home-away-from-home” for pediatric cancer patients and their families. The House is a supportive and caring environment which encourages and nurtures the development of child-to-child and parent-to-parent support systems. Ronald McDonald House New York is the largest facility of its type in the world.