*My photo in NEED Magazine blog. June 2009

*It means the world to me that one of my photographs appears in NEED Magazine’s grass roots campaign “Screw the Man – Save the World” where they’re using powerful imagery to help encourage readership & subscriptions, thereby helping to eliminate corporate (“the Man”) advertising altogether. This image was made in April 2006 while on a volunteer mission with Operation Smile in Amman, Jordan treating 100 Iraqi children from Baghdad with facial deformaties. For the last ten years I’ve tirelessly volunteered my time in documenting missions with Operation Smile all over the world, and needless to say, this was a very emotional mission for me to be a part of… -cg.

More info on the campaign, NEED Magazine & Operation Smile here:

*(Original Caption) AMMAN, JORDAN. An Iraqi mother watches as doctors and support staff with Operation Smile treat her child at the Jameel Tatonji Hospital in Amman, Jordan on Monday, April 24, 2006. An Operation Smile team of international medical volunteers were in Jordan from April 20-29 providing free medical evaluations and reconstructive surgery to Iraqi children suffering with facial deformities. This marked the third mission during which Operation Smile medical volunteers have worked in Amman to treat children from Iraq. Operation Smile Jordan, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and the Jordanian Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has organized missions providing surgeries to more than 700 Jordanian and Iraqi children since 2000. Operation Smile of Norfolk, VA has provided free facial reconstructive surgery to children and young adults in 30 countries the last 24 years. © Chet Gordon for Operation Smile.

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