“There are not too many people in the world you can tell who they are when the camera is not pointed at their face. But in the case of one image in a current exhibit by Coachella Valley photographer Gary Gruber at CODA Gallery in Palm Desert, there is no mistaking who it is.
“It was early in the morning,” recalls Gruber. “We were photographing people on the first tee as they were getting ready to go out for the day on the course. He was there just waiting for the foursome in front of him to get moving. It was just one of those quiet moments that happens very rarely, and because of his physiognomy and the pose, you know exactly who it is. You don’t need to see his face to know that it’s Arnold Palmer.”
What makes the shot even more special is Gruber didn’t even know he had it until he went through his files at home about five months ago…”