Doug Ball

In May 1974, photographer Doug Ball was covering the election campaign of Progressive Conservative leader Robert Stanfield. On a refuelling stop in North Bay, Ontario, there was enough time to deplane and throw around a football brought along by one of the PC staffers.
“When I saw Mr. Stanfield take off his jacket,” says Doug, “I picked up my camera and shot an entire roll of him playing catch. He caught some and missed some. I was just happy that he did something different for a change. A lovely guy, such a nice person, but his campaign was pretty dull. My job was to shoot front-page photos and that was often a challenge.”
Doug shipped the raw film to The Canadian Press–Toronto, and when this photo hit the front page of The Globe and Mail, he took a lot of abuse. “People said that Mr. Stanfield only fumbled one pass, which isn’t true, but of thirty-six shots, the photo editor sent this one to print.”
From Wikipedia: To this day, Canadian political commentators still point to this incident as one of
Canada’s foremost examples of “image politics,” because the photo was chosen for the front pages across Canada even though many other photos of Stanfield catching the same football were also available.

Doug Ball was born on August 9, 1946 in London, Ontario. His father, John Ball, taught photography
in the RCAF during the war, and brother to Lynn, one of the best photojournalists in the last 50 years. Doug’s first photo job was in 1966 with UPI in Ottawa doing photos for the Ottawa Citizen. He then moved to The Canadian Press Ottawa in 1967 and followed by The Canadian Press Toronto later that year; then Melbourne Herald-Sun in 1969; Jersey Evening-Post in the Channel Islands in 1970; Dominion-Wide Photos for the Ottawa Journal in 1971; The Canadian Press Ottawa for the Ottawa Journal in 1972; The Canadian Press Montreal from 1973 to 1984; and finally ended as the Montreal Gazette Photo Editor from 1984 to 1987.
Doug left photojournalism to help Chris Haney and Scott Abbott build two golf courses: Devil’s Pulpit  and the Devil’s Paintbrush. He is now retired and trying to keep my handicap in single digits. Doug lives in Oakville, Ontario.­