APPEL - French Text Book, HBJ 1983 cover photograph
1982 Tour De France Finish on Alp d'Huez
As a boy, my desire was to become a sports photojournalist. I was a big fan of Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Liefer. In 1981, I had already started to gravitate towards using photography for more personal means, but the opportunity arose to cover the Tour de France. It was the first year an American would race, so it was historic. I was also unaware of any American photographer to have ever covered the whole Tour, so that would be a first.
I ended up covering the Tour twice, in 1981 and 1982. I provided images to the New York Times, the L.A. Times, Bicycling Magazine , amongst many other publications.
It was a great experience and a wonderful way to see a lot of France!