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.

Chicago Sun-Times Wipes Out Entire Photo Staff. 30•May•13


This is another sad day in Journalism. Particularly Photojournalism. When a major metropolitan newspaper decimates it’s entire photography staff, including Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer John H. White the industry as we photographers know it is doomed.  ~cg. https://nppa.org/news/chicago-sun-times-wipes-out-photo-staff http://jimromenesko.com/2013/05/30/tomorrows-sun-times-cover/ http://tinyurl.com/l3ozmfp   *(Video interview here with former Chicago Sun-Times staff…) Here’s how tomorrow’s Chicago Sun-Times might very well […]

“My Whole Life, I’ve Been Preparing for This…” ~ Daniel Morel. 2011 World Press Photo Award Winner.

I’ve been meaning to post this interview for quite some time now. My good friend Daniel Morel talks about his World Press Awards for his coverage of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake… ~cg.

Found at Auction: The Unseen Photographs of a Legend that Never Was

An inspirational piece I wanted to share on this cloudy Sunday morning in May…  ~cg Picture this: quite possibly the most important street photographer of the 20th century was a 1950s children’s nanny who kept to herself and never showed a single one of her photographs to anyone. Decades later in 2007, a Chicago real […]

iPhone Photography in the DRC for TIME.

There’s been quite a stir in the photojournalism world lately with the acceptance of images made on mobile devices, and subsequently published in major publications like Sports Illustrated, and Dan Chung‘s take on his iPhone 4s at the London Olympics in The Guardian of London. I’ve been watching the emergence of this imagery made by […]

2012 NCAA Final Four Basketball Court

A nice piece by USA Today staff photographer Jack Gruber on how the basketball floor for this year’s NCAA Final Four Tournament is produced, shipped and installed in the New Orleans Superdome.

“Own the Night…” *(particularly for basketball) March 2012


A long time ago when I was just starting out in the business, and while attending a professional level weekend workshop ~ a colleague told me one of his basic philosophies for shooting big time sports: “You’re basically just in a big room (stadium, arena, etc.) and still have to make pictures…” I never forgot […]

“It’s Officially Here…” 1•March•12

Newburgh guard Antonio Harper (#2, right) and Mount Vernon's Quadere Lovell (#2, left) eye a rebound during their Class AA Regional Semi-Finals game at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Mount Vernon defeated NFA

I’m talking about the March Playoff Basketball post season, known as “March Madness.” (certainly not yesterday’s snowy & rainy weather.) Later today I will install four Dyna-Lite strobes in one of my favorite venues in the area; the Wellness Center gym up at  SUNY New Paltz. I then have the big Section IX Semi-Finals game […]

“Goodbye Old Friend(s)…” 20•Feb.•12

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Yesterday (Monday) I took the plunge and began making what one might consider a drastic change to my web presence. After some much needed thought, and from a mere economic and cost cutting measure, I discontinued the hosting plan I’d had since launching my original website (left) back in 2002 or so. I’d also moved […]

En Route – Nairobi, Kenya. 27•Nov.•11


9:25PM. At the gate in Terminal 1 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, NY on Sunday, November 27, 2011. Awaiting my departing flight to Istanbul, Turkey and connecting through to Nairobi, Kenya. © www.chetgordon.com/blog

September 11, 2001. – "My Day Ten Years Ago…"


SPECIAL TO NEW YORK DAILY NEWS– American Airlines aircraft sit idle at the gate at Boston’s Logan International Airport, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. Logan was the airport where two of the four hijacked planes took off from, both hitting the World Trade Center in New York. (Chet Gordon for the NY Daily News/THE IMAGE WORKS) […]

*One Photographer’s Insight…

I simply love this… ~cg

*For Gil…

Yul Bookal collapses on the coffin bearing the body of his son Marc Anthony Bookal, during funeral services for the child at the House of Refuge in the City of Newburgh, NY on Saturday, April 24, 2010. Bookal is the four year-old Newburgh boy who went mis

“Winter in America.” It’s been a week since musician Gil Scott-Heron has passed away at 62. Heron was certainly much more than a poet and songwriter whose infectious tunes just had a way of staying with you, even after nearly 30 years. He liked to call himself a “bluesologist” and I’d heard in one interview […]

"Battle at F/Stop Ridge"

This is just fun. Sometimes we all just need a good laugh… ~cg.

Two Photojournalists Killed in Libya Today. 20•April•11

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For Tim and Chris. MISRATA, LIBYA (April 20, 2011) – Academy Award-nominated photojournalist Tim Hetherington, 40, and Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist Chris Hondros, 41, of Getty Images were killed today when they were hit during a mortar and grenade attack in Misrata, Libya. I’ve closely followed and greatly admired Hondros’ work for a few years; particularly […]

" F*ck You. Pay Me." | Mike Monteiro – San Francisco, CA. 03•2011

2011/03 Mike Monteiro | F*ck You. Pay Me. from SanFrancisco/CreativeMornings on Vimeo. Found this on the web this morning while home recovering (see earlier post, “Don’t Try This at Home…”) and wanted to make sure and share this talk with colleagues and friends in the creative world, particularly the working photographers I know. Designer Mike […]

"Untitled…" Kerhonkson, NY 2•April•11 4:48PM

Concert goers and their pets during the three day Rock N Roll Resort at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in Kerhonkson, NY on Saturday, April 2, 2011. The resort began the year more than $26 million in debt and had declared bankruptcy in an effort to avoi

I thought this image made this afternoon during an assignment in an old Catskills hotel now reduced to hosting a 3-day Rock ‘N Roll Festival, kind of summed up my workweek, month and year so far… ~cg. Concert goers and their pets during the second day of a three day Rock N Roll Resort at […]

"Back from the Dance…" Glens Falls, NY 18 – 19•March•11

Brendan Miller (#21) of Burke dunks in the fourth quarter of their NYSPHSAA Class B Championship game against Potsdam at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, NY on Saturday, March 19, 2011.Miller had 19 pts. and 9 rebounds as Burke defeated Potsda

Brendan Miller (#21) of Burke hangs on the rim after dunking in the fourth quarter of their NYSPHSAA Class B Championship game against Potsdam at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, NY on Saturday, March 19, 2011. Miller had 19 pts. and 9 rebounds as Burke defeated Potsdam 62 – 52. CHET GORDON/Times […]

"The Future of Photojournalism…"


Two icons in the world of PJ (David Burnett & Kenneth Jarecke) whose work I’ve admired throughout my career, share their thoughts on the future of “the craft…” (best if viewed in full screen). ~cg.

"March Madness is (finally) Here…!" March 2011.


More like “Maddening…” Newburgh players (L – R, in blue): Parish Canty (#15), Antonio Harper (#2) and Dominique Jacobs (#11) reach for a rebound with Mount Vernon defenders Givvion Jones (#22) and Jabarie Hinds (#55) during their Class AA Regional Semi-Finals game at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY on Tuesday, March 8, […]

"You Don’t See This Everyday…" Shokan, NY 3•March•11

DEP Police officer Chuck Chapman uses hand ice picks to pull himself out of the frozen Ashokan Reservoir during an ice rescue training session by the DEP Police on the Ashokan Reservoir in Shokan, NY on Thursday, March 3, 2011.  CHET GORDON/Times Herald-R

It was a bitterly cold one yesterday. Temperatures were in the teens when I left my apt. for the 1+ hour drive deep up into Ulster County. Spent about an hour this morning on the frozen Ashokan Reservoir near Woodstock, NY one of the main reservoirs here in the Hudson Valley that feeds into the […]

"What a Week for Pictures…!" Feb. 22 – 26, 2011.

Amanda Horvers (#33) of Mount Saint Mary College reacts after the Knights defeated Farmingdale State 71 - 50 in their Skyline Conference Championship game at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY on Saturday, February 26, 2011. Mount Saint Mary College

I haven’t uttered these words for quite a while it seems, but while closely examining last week’s work, it truly was “A Week for (Good) Pictures…” A couple of extra-early wakeup calls – I’m talking the 4:30AM kind on Thursday to get moving on the coverage for the slain Poughkeepsie police officer’s funeral across the […]

Funeral for Slain Police Officer. 24•Feb.•11

Margaret Falcone (center) follows the casket of her son, Poughkeepsie police officer John Falcone into St. James the Apostle Church prior to his funeral services in Carmel, NY on Thursday, February 24, 2011. Officer Falcone is the City of Poughkeepsie pol

Law enforcement officers salute as the hearse bearing the body of Poughkeepsie police officer John Falcone proceeds along Gleneida Ave. after his funeral services at St. James the Apostle Church in Carmel, NY on Thursday, February 24, 2011. Officer Falcone is the City of Poughkeepsie police officer who was killed in a shootout last week […]

Photographer Daniel Morel wins 2 World Press Photo Awards.


2011 WORLD PRESS PHOTO 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 […]