Chet Gordon • Photographer
Chet Gordon • Photographer
Chet Gordon • Photographer
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“Martin…”

Touching the engraved words, “I Have A Dream” in the marble steps on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC on Wednesday, May 31, 2006. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the speech from this spot on August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington and it’s words are considered the defining moment of the Civil Rights movement in the U.S. during the 1960′s. King was born on this day, January 15, 1929, and would have been 86.

“Tè Tremblé…” Remembering the Earthquake in Haiti. 5 Years Ago ~ Today. 12•Jan.•10

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI. Interior of the collapsed National Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Saturday, January 30, 2010. Archbishop Serge Miot was killed when the 18th. century cathedral was destroyed in the massive 7.0 earthquake on January 12th., killing upwards of 300,000 people. © Chet Gordon / THE IMAGE WORKS

Today is the fifth anniversary of the massive earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. Upwards of 300,00 people were killed and thousands are still living in camps under miserable conditions. There is a very special place in my heart for Haiti and the Haitian people. My first self-assigned international shooting trip was to Haiti in 1993; just 5 years after beginning my newspaper career, and I’ve returned to the island nation two additional times. Haitian photographer Daniel Morel is a good friend, and I’ve known Daniel since that first trip in ’93. I will add a slideshow here highlighting my week’s work after the earthquake, where I was summoned with one day’s notice to accompany humanitarian client Operation Smile, as they sent a team of trauma surgeons to treat the injured. Note: (I’ve decided to re-edit the original hi-res files and use them in B/W here. The strength of the B/W imagery really makes the take have sort of a timeless feel to them…) Stay tuned. ~cg.

My POY (Pictures of the Year) for 2014. 31•Dec.•14

Wanted to finally get this slideshow posted before the year that is 2014 actually ends in a few hours. It goes without saying that it’s been some kind of year for local, national and international news, sports, feature and documentary photographers working all around the world and some of us right down the street in familiar neighborhoods and surroundings. Professionally for me the year offered up three more trips to Washington, DC as the Hudson Valley Honor Flight’s official photographer, a return trip to East Africa (my tenth) for longtime non profit client, AmeriCares, a brief stint as Westchester Magazine’s first photo editor and staff photographer, assignments from the NY Daily News, and another separate day trip to the nation’s capital to photograph the rally and march against police violence. Also added the Canon G15, a wonderful little 12 MegaPixel pro-grade point & shoot camera, that also shoots in full manual controls, produces RAW files, and HD video with wonderful audio. Had a lot of fun with working with that camera since the Fall, particularly on the Tanzania trip. (above left). So once again, it’s an opportunity to examine the year just passed, and start looking ahead at the same time. I sort of hope that some of my work has made a difference in the lives of people. Here’s a selection of what I consider my year’s best images in no particular order. (the image captions can be viewed in the full screen mode of the slideshow.) See you all on the other side & Happy New Year…!  ~ cg.

David Burnett on The Photo Brigade December 2014

David Burnett is interviewed by NYC freelancer Robert Caplin on The Photo Brigade. Recorded in December 2014 at Adorama in New York. Definitely worth your time to view this for all the insights into Burnett’s remarkable career…   ~ cg.

“The Card…” (Delivered.) 25•Dec.•14

This year’s card has already been delivered to an extensive mailing list. One may already be in your mailbox! In keeping with a long standing tradition, I was able to photograph a scene right here in the neighborhood last Saturday morning while working on the cards. (I was actually way behind in the production of this year’s version and was all set to use a file photo from a previous year during the design and layout phase.) At the time I heard the blasts echoing from the fire department’s engines moving slowly through the neighborhood and hustled to leave my desk and make a few images of this Santa Claus greeting children and adults alike, handing out candy, small toys, and posing for photographs. I knew I had to come up with something at this live scene, otherwise this year’s card might’ve been a bust in using a canned image from a previous year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all and all who follow my work here on the blog and sister website…  ~ cg.

(Inside text): “Fire Department Santa…” Saturday December 20, 2014  11:34AM

(Back of Card text):  Bob Whytock as Santa made an appearance with other volunteer firefighters in Greenwood Lake, NY on Saturday, December 20, 2014. Whytock is the captain of the village’s Fire – Police.

Justice for All Rally & March. Washington, DC. Saturday 12•13•14

Brought my “A – Game” to Washington, DC yesterday as I just knew that I needed to make the effort to finally get involved in documenting the ongoing demonstrations and struggle against police brutality here in the U.S. It was really good to run into a few old newspaper and agency colleagues in Freedom Plaza, just a few short blocks from the White House. This isn’t the place to get into the politics of this national situation lately, only my take on making the full efforts and what it takes to make these images. A slideshow of my day in DC is below…   ~cg.

“Back on Point…” West Point, NY. 24•Nov.•14

Army cadet Dion Hart photographed in Crandall Pool at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY on Monday, November 24, 2014. Hart, 22, of Phoenix, AZ, is a senior on the Army swim team who was born to a 14-year-old mother and endured every possible hardship, including surviving homelessness, living in crack houses, and spending most of his life on welfare and food stamps.  © Chet Gordon for New York Daily News.

On Monday I had the honor and pleasure of meeting and photographing a fine young man and Army cadet Dion Hart of Phoenix, AZ at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. It was all familiar territory as I’d covered USMA for nearly eight years while on staff at my previous staff job at the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, NY. That time included numerous Div. I sporting events, including full seasons of Army Football and Basketball, Presidential visits, Army graduations with upwards of 1,000 cadets and their famous “hat toss”, and all sorts of other assignments on all things ARMY. Ironically, I’d also worked at USMA for the NY Daily News to photograph the Superintendent at the time in front of this very statue (below).  A simple search here on the blog of my work at the academy is some of the work I am most proud of in my career. Returning to West Point on assignment for a new / old client, The New York Daily News was kind of special too. It was if I was working among friends… ~cg.

Army cadet Dion Hart pauses in front of the General Douglas MacArthur statue and MacArthur Barracks at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY on Monday, November 24, 2014. Hart, 22, of Phoenix, AZ, is a senior on the Army swim team who was born to a 14-year-old mother and endured every possible hardship, including surviving homelessness, living in crack houses, and spending most of his life on welfare and food stamps. © Chet Gordon for New York Daily News.

“Happy 239th. Birthday to All My Marines…!” 10•Nov.•14

The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. For every Marine that ever carried a rifle… ~cg.

The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon perform in front of the U. S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, VA on Saturday, September 21, 2013.  © Chet Gordon / THE IMAGE WORKS

 

*Westchester Magazine – Cover. October 2014

My first cover on Westchester Magazine. I know the month is almost over, but I just came up with the .pdf file of the cover page…  ~cg.

“Hudson Valley Honor Flight #6…” 18•Oct.•14

Accompanied my fourth Hudson Valley Honor Flight to Washington, DC, Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima / Marine Corps Memorial last Saturday. It was my third mission this year and the inaugural flight day from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY. You can view more images from the flight HERE over on the website’s archived pages. There will also be a picture story of my coverage in the December issue of Westchester Magazine in the “Behind the Scenes” column…  ~ cg.

WWII Veterans and their escorts onboard the Hudson Valley Honor Flight pose at the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Seventy-six veterans from the Westchester County (NY) area toured the WWII Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery on the inaugural flight from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY. Hudson Valley Honor Flight is a chapter of the Honor Flight Network, which provides free flights for WWII Veterans and tours of the WWII Memorial constructed in their honor, and other sites in the nation’s capital.  © www.chetgordon.com

WWII Veteran and Pearl Harbor Survivor Chick Gallella of Yonkers, NY salutes Audie Murphy’s gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Murphy was WWII’s most decorated soldier. Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty military, retired service members and their families.  © www.chetgordon.com

“Hudson Valley Honor Flight #5…” 9•27•14

Worked again in Washington, DC & Arlington, VA last weekend documenting my third Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) from Stewart International Airport. You can view the main gallery from the trip over on the main site’s archive by clicking HERE. I will be adding more images from the day spent with nearly 100 WWII Veterans in the nation’s capital ASAP…  ~cg.

WWII Veteran Lawrence Vinci rides on a bus en route to Stewart International Airport prior to a Hudson Valley Honor Flight to Washington, DC on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Nearly one hundred WWII Veterans from the Hudson Valley region of New York toured the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC and Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.  © www.chetgordon.com

September 11, 2001. “Now Thirteen Years On…”

Reposting my words here again from three years ago on the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. It’s now been thirteen years since the world witnessed events that would begin a drastic change in not only world events, but everyday policy…

When I finally made it downtown to the site known as “Ground Zero”, two weeks after September 11, 2001, I remember thinking I didn’t really need to make a lot of images. I wasn’t competing with anyone or racing against some imaginary deadline in my head. I just needed to see and witness the scene. I remember the anonymous attorney who tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I’d really like to see the overhead view from his 44th. floor corner office (below), that unmistakeable horrid smell of death rising like a cloud through the sewers, the eerie calm of an area of lower Manhattan that was always bustling during business hours, and the overcast rainy day ten years ago when I made these few images. There isn’t even a need now to seek out any more of my outtakes from the day or subsequent visits downtown through the years. It’s been ten years since that day and look where we all are in this world… ~cg.

Smoke rises from the rubble and the crumbling facade of the World Trade Center’s South Tower (center), seen from the 44th. floor of an office building at 140 Broadway on Monday, September 24, 2001. A terrorist attack on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001 destroyed to the two worldwide known icons in lower Manhattan when two jetliners struck the towers. The facade was brought down by construction crews on Tuesday, September 25, 2001.  © Chet Gordon/THE IMAGE WORKS

New York Army National Guard soldiers and an NYPD policewoman gather together a few blocks south of the crumbling facade of the World Trade Center’s South Tower  A terrorist attack on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001 destroyed to the two worldwide known icons in lower Manhattan when two jetliners struck the towers. The facade was brought down by construction crews on Tuesday, September 25, 2001.  © Chet Gordon/THE IMAGE WORKS

“Africa 10.0…” September 2014

“Karibu…” The Swahili greeting for hello. Just finished a week in Tanzania hired by longtime humanitarian client, AmeriCares to document their new initiatives and partnerships at Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza and a full day in Dar es Salaam yesterday. What made the trip memorable was not only being asked to return to East Africa, and work in Tanzania’s second largest city on the southern shore of Lake Victoria, but to literally add a new Canon PowerShot G15 to the mix and shoot hi-res / HD video clips as well as image files on RAW, and utilize full manual controls. The files from this little box smaller than the size of a deck of playing cards continually blew me away (below) and I’ll continue to use it as my new “mini-Leica…” (Meaning it’s much better to bring the camera to your eye for composing instead of using it like a smartphone at arm’s length while viewing the large 3″ rear screen.) Just taking a breather here to post a few favorites from here at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport while transiting en route to back to JFK. There will be a slideshow (and possibly a video reel too) of the week’s work to come…  ~cg.

MWANZA, TANZANIA.  A Tanzanian mother reacts as her newborn baby sleeps on her bed in the Post Natal Ward at Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza, Tanzania on Thursday, September 4, 2014. (Photographed with the Canon G15)  © Chet Gordon for AmeriCares

MWANZA, TANZANIA.  Railway workers move creosote treated telephone poles from the deck of a tractor-trailer onto a waiting railroad freight car in Mwanza, Tanzania on Saturday, September 6, 2014. (Photographed with the Nikon D2X on RAW)  © www.chetgordon.com

“Africa Calling…” Aug. / Sept. 2014

What’s been on my mind lately…  ~cg.

Sunset over sugarcane fields in Empangeni, South Africa on Sunday evening, September 10, 2006.  © Chet Gordon / THE IMAGE WORKS


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