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Gary Bogdon is a commercial photographer, director and master story teller living in Orlando, FL. He is a regular contributing photographer for Sports Illustrated, ESPN and a diverse set of commercial clients.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Just returned from visiting Indiana University, ('86 BA ) speaking with IU photo students, critiquing their portfolios, and also participating on a discussion panel.
"Sports in Focus: The view from America's top photojournalists" , ( with the legendary Rich Clarkson and Getty Images Elsa Garrison ) was hosted by the National Sports Journalism Center at IU. It was terrific going back to the IU campus in Bloomington, seeing old friends, and meeting the new photojournalism students, with a stop or two at a few favorite hangouts from my college days. It was also an honor to be on the panel with Rich Clarkson, who was named one of the 50 most important figures in American photography by American Photo magazine and the very talented Elsa Garrison from Getty Images. If you're looking for a fantastic college experience (for yourself or your kids ) consider Indiana University , it's a place that's always been special to me, and IU enabled me to launch my career as a photojournalist.
Here's a link to the story: http://journalism.indiana.edu/news/sports-photographers-share-views-of-industry/

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


I had the fortunate opportunity to shoot the billboards and print ads again this year for the super popular television show 'Ice Road Truckers- Season 4' ( on HISTORY network ) . The first billboard went up in NYC ( near Madison Square Garden ) on the side of 20 story building, which was awesome to watch being painted. During the shoot, the temps were hovering in the lower teens, with blowing snow and howling winds on the side of the mountain while we were working , but great fun, and a fantastic crew to work with. I had to break out every piece of Gortex weather gear I own and still needed more . But, it's amazing to work with such a talented crew ( both the red camera production team and the drivers ) and see it all come together. If you've not seen the show on television ( over 3 million viewers ) check it out.
Here's a link to the show which airs Sunday nights at 9pm eastern time-

Friday, March 12, 2010


I shot my first Super Bowl ( Super Bowl XXIII ) on Jan, 22, 1989 at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, FL for the Orlando Sentinel when I was a 28 years old. Over 20 years later, and I'm back in Miami for Super Bowl XLIV, this time working for Sports Illustrated.
In 1989 , 49'ers Joe Montana was throwing to Jerry Rice, and the Bengals were doing the 'Icky' shuffle . There were no digital camera's to capture those momemts, just old school film cameras. In 2010, Drew Brees battled against Peyton Manning, for an exciting shootout . In '89, rioting on the streets of Miami's Liberty City had broken out a few nights before the game, and in 2010, sniper teams from the FBI and Miami Dade Police Dept., were stationed up high in the stadium as a precaution against any terrorist threats. Some things in Miami never change, but I love Miami , and it's a great location for the Super Bowl.
As part of the SI team of 12 photographers and editors , I was assigned a special position high in the endzone (shooting with a wide lens, and also a 600mm lens ) to try and get something unique from the game. SI Director of Photography Steve Fine, and I walked up to my position ( which was standing right next to one of the Miami-Dade snipers ) before the game to scope it out, and we loved the angle.
I ended up with a two-page opening 'Leading Off ' in the magazine that week, from the opening play of the second half. Trailing 10-6 at half, the Saints shocked the Colts by starting the third quarter with an onside kick, which they recovered., and the rest of the game is Saints history. My photograph of this play (which reminded me of the vibrating tabletop football game my brothers and I played in the 70's ) is what made it into the magazine.
It was great shooting my 8th Super Bowl, but being a part of the Sports Illustrated photo team with legends Walter Iooss, Jr. and Heinz Kluetmeier ( as well as Fine, Bonenfant, Choat, Bruty, Biever, Bergman, Iacano, Juliano, McDonough, Miller, Rasco, Rosato, Strohmeyer, Tielemans ) made it so much more memorable. And a special 'Shout Out' to our great 'runners', we couldn't do it without you all.
Can't wait for Dallas in 2011 !