We’ve Lost Jim Gordon

During my early years as a photojournalist, the only source of information we had about what was going on in the industry came from News Photographer magazine, published by the National Press Photographers Association. Jim Gordon, the man who was editor during my formative years – and a quarter century around them – has passed.

Its arrival every month let me see into the inner machinations of photojournalism. It let me see great work, learn how it came to be and understand the ethical and legal issues we were facing. It helped shape who I became by putting the issues of the industry in my hands.

It still does, but those early white-bordered magazines still hide in the corners of my office and my mind, entry into a world that has since defined me.

Mark E. Johnson

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