Chet Gordon • Photographer
Chet Gordon • Photographer
Chet Gordon • Photographer
Chet Gordon • Photographer
Chet Gordon • Photographer




“It’s been some ride so far for the kid from Newark, NJ who dreamed of playing the outfield for the Yankees, or power forward for the NY Knicks, but went on instead to serve as a U.S. Marine, and continued roaming the world for non-profit clients and personal projects the last 20+ years or so . I am Chester & Ann’s only son. Thanks for following along and please do stay tuned…”  ~cg.

“A trip to the City always results in good pictures…” April 2014

Made my way into midtown Manhattan yesterday, mainly on the continual job hunt to drop off promotional materials with editors and the ever present quick stop into B&H Photo. Found my way into Times Square and managed to make a few decent images. It’s never been hard to make pictures in New York. If it is, then you’re in the wrong business…  ~cg.

The Naked Cowboy (Robert John Burck of Cincinnati, OH) performs in Times Square at Broadway and West 44th. in Manhattan, NY on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. ©

Pedestrians walk along Broadway and West 43rd. Street near the Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Manhattan, NY on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.  ©

*”Let’s Talk Food…” (Photography)

During a recent conversation with a colleague, the subject of food photography, tabletop and other small location lighting situations came up. I thought immediately of the need to highlight some of my food work here, as well as adding a gallery over on the new website: Food. Here are a few favorites.  ~cg.

“Re-Branding, Web Updates, & Self-Promotion. (Returning to) The Business of Freelancing…” March 2014

New promotional postcards featuring my travel imagery with the dummy paper mockups (lower left & right), and a few mini-business cards (upper left) on Friday, March 7, 2014.

About a gazillion years ago when I left the military with shoeboxes full of those rectangular trademark yellow cardboard transparency boxes, negative pages and sleeves of my travels throughout South East Asia, I felt that travel related work would eventually be (one of) my passions in this industry. There was never any doubt. Some of those simple street scenes made on Kodachrome (right) and later Fujichrome film stock nearly 30 years ago still look good today. Jump to today where the travel work the last 20 years or so for clients and personal assigned working vacations and the like has consumed me. It still does. Everything from the first call from an established or new client in the initial idea stage, to the logistical planning of a self-assigned & financed personal trip remains a wonder in itself to this day. There’s just something so special about changing your mindset and traveling to an unknown locale, with the intentions, challenges and immediacy of familiarizing yourself with a new country’s culture, customs, weather and environment to then working hard making consistent high quality images. Another part of this approach to new work and clients is the production of new promotional post cards (top) and future launch of a new website (below). Stay tuned…   ~cg.

(2) – Beta-testing my new PhotoShelter website displayed on various devices: iPhone and 13″ MacBookPro. March 9, 2014.  ©

*”Beta Testing a New Image Site…” March 1, 2014.

I have researched and am currently testing a new site to host and display my work more efficiently. There is a need for clients, and probably just as important – potential new clients to easily view my portfolio and archived images as searchable category thumbnails and large slideshows without having to search through posts, links and multimedia slideshows here on the blog. Although I’m already featuring my archive at Zenfolio, (there’s a link / RSS feed in the right column) I really like the look and feel of a site powered by PhotoShelter (above & left).


Don’t worry, no changes are planned for this blog, and of course the PhotoShelter site will be linked back to the blog here. Stay tuned…  ~ cg.

*”(Going) Old School…” Upcoming Exhibition & Master Class in Middletown, NY.

“A Photographer’s Life.”  On Monday evening, February 17th., on the campus of SUNY ORANGE in Middletown, NY, I will give a presentation spanning the last 20+ years of my career, as well as a formal exhibition of the work. I’ve been thinking the last few days about how to organize and edit down this slideshow of my personal images, as well as those made for clients and employers. Rather than simply categorizing images again in an appropriate order for the slideshow like “News, Sports, Features…”,  I look to present images that say something about how my career has progressed. It’s very rewarding professionally and even humbling to be asked again to organize such an event. Almost as if you wake up one day, have your coffee, and suddenly you’re one of the senior guys on the street with some pretty serious career highlights and experiences to draw upon and share…  ~cg.

*An old colleague in the business offered this support: “There is always (going to be) a huge appetite for real journalism. It takes a lot of courage to do photography – let alone photojournalism in this day. Yes, but it’s still very important, you can craft new ways…”

Pete Seeger. 1919 – 2014

I’ve photographed folk singer and renowned activist Pete Seeger throughout my career here in New York. Seeger died Monday at the age of 94.  Here’s a brief look at some of those recent images & The New York Times’ story on Pete’s life HERE.   ~cg.

“Tè Tremblé…” Remembering the Earthquake in Haiti. 4 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 fourth anniversary of the massive earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. Upwards of 300,00 people were killed and I’m hearing on NPR radio just now that more than 150,000 Haitians still live in tent camps. That’s four years of 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 2013 POY. (Pictures of the Year)

Where does the time go? Even though my tenure as a staff photographer at the newspaper was abruptly cut short in November due to layoffs that eliminated our entire photo staff, it was still a very gratifying year for making images. Boarded a few airplanes for out of town personal assignments, utilized remote cameras, strobes, and the GoPro Hero3 camera for sports & feature work, and had a few NPPA winners throughout the year. Here are some of my favorites from 2013. Thanks for playing along…  ~cg.

Now that the holidays have come and gone, there’s still one other season that commands the full attention of photojournalists around the world: The “Pictures of the Year.” Whether it’s for local contests in the trade, yearly wrap-up galleries on a newspaper’s website to highlight the work of an entire staff, or of course preparing entries for the larger national and international competitions like the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism, World Press Photo, and POYi (Pictures of the Year International), these next few weeks can be a stressful time for photographers.

*(My) Army – Navy Football. 2007 – 2010

Today is the 114th. Army – Navy Game at Lincoln Financial Field down in Philadelphia. Although I won’t be covering this year’s annual game, I wanted to look back and share some of my favorite images from the four consecutive games I’d covered between 2007 – 2010. I’ve covered numerous NCAA Division I sports at West Point during the 7+ years while on staff at the Times Herald-Record, so I usually found it hard to root against the West Point cadets. But as a former U.S. Marine (Dept. of the Navy), I occasionally found myself cheering silently for the Midshipmen of Navy during these games. Working those Army – Navy games as hard as I did with multiple cameras (including installing a remote atop the pro stadiums) are one the highlights of my entire career. I will never forget all those great moments on and off the field, and all the people involved while working one of the greatest rivalries in American sports…  ~cg.

Recent Video Work:

In today’s multimedia work environment,  publications and clients operate on a 24-hour news cycle, each with their own blogs, websites, Twitter feeds & FaceBook pages that continually need images and video. Editors and potential clients need to see that a photojournalist can produce & edit video. Here’s a sampling of some of my video work with DSLR’s & the iPhone4s…  ~cg.

Haitian photojournalist Daniel Morel awarded $1.22 million after AFP & Getty Images found liable for willful copyright infringement of his 2010 earthquake images. 22•Nov.•13

My friend & colleague Daniel Morel of Haiti wins his copyright infringement case against picture agencies AFP & Getty Images in US Federal Court in Manhattan. Read more about the case & verdict: HERE.

Photojournalist Daniel Morel (2nd. from left) with his legal team (L – R): lead attorney Joseph Baio, Morel, and attorneys Phyllis Galembo and Emma James outside the Thurgood Marshall US Federal Courthouse in New York on Friday, November 22, 2013. Morel was awarded $1.22 million in the willful copyright infringement case Morel v. AFP and Getty Images.  © Jeremy Nicholl

Morel won two the 2011 World Press Photo Awards for his coverage of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake and talks about the work in a interview here:

Image © Daniel Morel/Photomorel, courtesy of the photographer.

My longtime friend and colleague, Daniel Morel has won two World Press Photo Awards in the 2011 competition held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. You may know his iconic image above as Daniel, a Haitian photographer created the first images after the earthquake struck in Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010. His images were seen around the world in the days following the devastating earthquake that killed more than 250,000 people, and left upwards of 1.5 million people homeless. His images ran in newspapers and magazines around the world, and were broadcast on international TV news channels as well. Daniel was awarded a 2nd. place in News (Singles) for the image of the woman crawling out of the rubble (above) and a 1st. Place in News (Stories – below) for a collection of his images just after the earthquake that first day. I’ve known Daniel for nearly 20 years, after our first meeting in Haiti back in 1993, on my first international shooting assignment with two other colleagues. I caught up with Daniel in his Port-au-Prince hotel last January, two weeks after the earthquake, while I was there working for longtime client Operation Smile. ~cg.

Oloffson Hotel. Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Saturday, January 30, 2010.

Portfolio editing w/ Daniel in my apartment. Newburgh, NY. May 2008.

“Back Out There…” Nov. 2013

It’s been a little more than two weeks since “The Turk” delivered the abrupt news that I’d be out of a job, along with three other staff photographers, and three longtime editors at the newspaper I’d worked at for nearly 7 years here in New York. Ironically, that’s more time on staff at this paper than any other in my career. Where did the time go? There are so many memories. So many good assignments. So many good people I’d worked with and met out in the field amongst the public and readership. Travel & personal work. Now is not quite the time to reminisce though, more of just an acknowledgement here that the work continues. And that I continue to make good images. Here’s a few images I’ve made recently, including a wedding reception for friends (below) in a NYC warehouse that was transformed into a themed party, and a magazine assignment for RoadKing Magazine (bottom), only days after the layoffs. Stay tuned and thanks…  ~cg.

Partygoers play Craps during a Prohibition-era themed wedding reception at the Metropolitan Building in Long Island City, NY on Saturday, November 16, 2013.  © Chet Gordon/THE IMAGE WORKS

The wedding couple after being formally introduced during their Prohibition-era themed wedding reception at the Metropolitan Building in Long Island City, NY on Saturday, November 16, 2013. They were married in a private ceremony on the Almafi Coast in Italy in September.  © Chet Gordon/THE IMAGE WORKS

Truck driver Dale Davenport of Lafayette, Indiana during a stop at the T/A Maybrook truck stop in Montgomery, NY on Sunday, November 3, 2013. Davenport, who drives for Conway Freight, has lost weight and kept it off by participating in their wellness program.  © Chet Gordon for RoadKing Magazine

“Happy 238th. Birthday, My Marines…!” 10•Nov.•13

“F” Battery. 2nd. Battalion / 12th. Marines. 3rd. Marine Division. Okinawa, Japan. (circa 1986). *Yours truly standing @ second row – second from right. M-198 Howitzer F 2/12 Battery, Fire Direction Controllman. (0844) “Semper fi.”   -cg.

With Marine Sergeant Major Gerald Saunders (left) at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) in Parris Island, SC  on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. I was last on Parris Island 30 years ago when I enlisted in the Marines in 1982.

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


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