Personal Work:

*”It’s Been Some Week…” 1 – 8•Nov.•13


It’s been a week since I was laid-off unceremoniously with the three other staff photographers from our paper, the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, NY. Here’s what it looked like the next day, on Saturday afternoon, when we had to return to the office to remove our personal items, as there would be less people in […]

” – 30 – ” It’s Over. The End. 1•Nov.•13


My professional digital camera bodies and lenses stored in the trunk of the company vehicle in Greenwood Lake, NY on Friday, November 1, 2013. Layoffs came to four staff photographers (including myself) and three longtime newsroom editors today at the Times Herald-Record, a Gatehouse Media owned paper in Middletown, NY.   © Today was one […]

*Giving Back. (Again…) Upcoming Sports Photography Lecture @ SUNY Albany – 24•Oct.•13

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I will be giving a lecture / slideshow on my sports photography at SUNY Albany, NY on Thursday evening, October 24th. Always a good opportunity to share my experiences with aspiring photographers, colleagues, and view the work on a large screen with a room full of strangers. I’ll also be schlepping up some of the […]

“My Marines…” Arlington, VA. 21•Sept.•13


The United States Marines 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 *Spent the day yesterday in the Washington, DC & Arlington, VA area documenting a mission of the Hudson Valley Honor Flight:  More […]

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

World Trade Center attack

Reposting my words here again from two years ago on the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. It’s now been twelve years since the world witnessed events that would begin a drastic change in things around the world… When I finally made it downtown to the site known as “Ground Zero”, […]

“The March & THE Speech…” 50 Years Ago Today… 28•Aug.•13


Although I wasn’t there today, I’ve been to the very spot on the Lincoln Memorial quite a few times… ~cg Touching the engraved words “I Have A Dream” in the marble steps of the Lincoln Memorial on September 14, 2004 in Washington, DC. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his infamous speech at this […]

Promotional materials: “Little Card – Big Message…” Aug. 2013

Moo Mini Promo Cards.

Recently I began a campaign of printed promotional pieces, highlighting my personal work. I went with the printer Moo and will be adding other sizes, in addition to their MiniCards seen here, and of course a broad selection of my imagery to help promote the work. Very reasonably priced. Quality materials and fast turnaround. It’s […]

Viewing the Work. May 2013


Made this with an iPhone the other day. Thanks again to everyone who made the effort to come view my personal work, as this exhibit encompass 20 years of my international travel work for non-profit medical & disaster relief-clients, as well as images from self-financed assignments around the world. The exhibit is open weekends through […]

Memorial Day 2013.


To commemorate Memorial Day today, here are a few favorites from trips to Washington, DC and Arlington, VA in 2004 and 2005.  Semper Fi.  ~cg WASHINGTON, DC.  A white carnation rests against the names engraved into the black granite panels at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, DC on Tuesday, September 14, 2004. 58,226 names […]

“On the Air…” 10•May•13


Appeared on a local radio station yesterday morning to discuss the exhibit and my career. It was a very informal interview and the half-hour segment flew by. Unfortunately, there isn’t a recorded copy of the show, but a friend did manage to make this iPhone photo…  ~cg. On the air during an interview on WTBQ-FM […]

“It’s Today…” 5•May•13


An exhibit of some of my most meaningful documentary & travel images spanning the last 20 years are on display here in town. The work will be on exhibit through the month, open on weekends.  ~cg.  

Richie Havens: 1941 – 2013


I photographed Richie Havens back in the Winter of 2003 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, during one of the largest anti-war demonstrations against the Iraq Invasion. Havens (72) passes away in Jersey City, NJ on Monday. He was well known as the opening act at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, where he played […]

“Giving Back (Again)…” Newburgh, NY. 17•April•13

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I’ve been invited again to speak at a dinner meeting of the Hudson Valley Professional Photographers Society of NY (HVPPSNY) tonight in Newburgh, NY. Click HERE to access their site and newsletter. Looking forward to seeing some old friends and colleagues in the business, and making some new ones. Should be a fun night and […]

“We Make Marines.” (Part II) Parris Island, South Carolina. 12 – 15 March 2013

Here’s a brief slideshow from my week at MCRD (Marine Corps Recruit Depot) in March.  ~cg.

“The Hat…” Marine Corps Drill Instructor. MCRD, Parrris Island, SC. 14•March•13


There is no one more recognizable, respected or feared in the eyes of a recruit at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) on Parris Island than the Marine Corps Drill Instructor or “Hat…” These are a few of my favorites from the last two days here on “My Island…”  ~cg. A Marine Corps Drill Instructor pauses […]

“We Make Marines.” Parris Island, South Carolina. 12 – 15 March 2013


I am working at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) in Parris Island, SC. This military installation is known the world over as Marine Boot Camp. I was last here in November 1982, when I enlisted as a Marine. Semper Fi. “It’s been 30 years…”  ~cg. A bus waits near the infamous “Yellow Footprints” before […]

Brad Smith named DOP of Sports Illustrated

Former New York Times Senior Sports Photo Editor Brad Smith talks about shooting & editing sports photographs, and just as importantly, the relationships he forms with photographers working on assignment for him. Smith was just named Director of Photography (DOP) for Sports Illustrated…

“Happy Birthday, Grand Central…” February 2013


The grandest room in New York, Grand Central Terminal is 100 years old this weekend. I’ve been following the history and some of the back story of this majestic landmark structure in mid-town Manhattan, and wanted to dig out this image of mine made with the 10.5mm fisheye a few years ago…  ~cg. Passengers on […]

“Here’s What I’ve Been Thinking About…” January 2013


Haven’t been feeling too good the past few days, so it’s been a good opportunity to finally get around to doing a deeper edit of my work in Nigeria last December. With daytime temperatures here in New York expected to only reach into the low-mid 20’s, and single digits at night during the week, this […]

“The Card…” December 2012

2012 Holiday Card

Due to production problems at “the factory”, my anticipated annual Holiday Card is unfortunately in digital / electronic format this year. This version (with the original image made with an Apple iPhone 4s in Abuja, Nigeria a few weeks ago) may have already arrived in your (in) mailbox on your computer, smart phone or mobile […]

“I WANT THIS PICTURE…!” Kano & Abuja, Nigeria. December 1 – 8, 2012


A young boy selling candy pauses on the roadway divider in Kano, Nigeria on Thursday, December 6, 2012. Kano State is the heart of the Islamic community and Nigeria’s third most populous region.  © ABUJA, NIGERIA. Saturday morning, December 8, 2012. Some thoughts on working in West Africa, as I wrap up a week […]

In Nigeria… December 2012

in Kano, Nigeria on Monday, December 3, 2012.  ©

I am in Northern Nigeria for the week, working for a new client. Here’s what I like so far. Stay tuned…  ~cg. (4) – Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano, Nigeria on Tuesday, December 3 & 4, 2012.  ©

Happy Birthday to All My Marines. “Semper fi…!” 10•Nov.•12

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

“Sandy” – Go to where the pictures are. ~cg. November 2012.


I grew up on the NJ Shore, just north of where Hurricane Sandy made landfall last week. I knew I’d want to get down to the area as soon as my schedule allowed. Managed to return to Point Pleasant this morning for a few hours. Here are a few favorites from the day. For a […]