Paul Gero In Print Gallery Opening Slide

Paul Gero In Print Gallery Opening Slide

This is the welcome slide in the gallery called In Print which showcases images from the first 19 years of my photography career. During that time I worked for publications like The Chicago Tribune, and The Arizona Republic as well as freelancing for publications like Time, People, Sports Illustrated, Fortune among others.

Now the work I do for people is primarily documentary wedding photography and portraiture and a smattering of commercial work in addition to teaching others about photography and Sony mirrorless cameras.

 

Superpower Summit, 1988

Superpower Summit, 1988

This photograph was made on December 7, 1988 (The 43rd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor).

Outgoing President Ronald Reagan with incoming President George H.W. Bush and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev gather for a photograph in front of the magnificent New York city skyline (including the World Trade Towers) during this photo op on Governor's Island.

(For The Chicago Tribune)

Oliver North, Iran-contra hearings, 1987

Oliver North, Iran-contra hearings, 1987

"That's Where You're Wrong"

I thought Lt. Col. Oliver North was going to jump across the table, and out of his chair as he strongly rebutted a question and statement by attorney Thomas Nields during the Iran-contra hearings in the summer of 1987.

Lt. Col. North's testimony held a nation transfixed and was the beginning of a what would become a career in media most notably working for Fox News.

(For The Chicago Tribune)

 

Flying Paciorek, 1982

Flying Paciorek, 1982

Chicago White Sox first baseman Tom Paciorek (left) flies briefly in the air as he tries to tag out Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Jim Gantner (at right) as Gantner beat out an infield hit during a game at Milwaukee County Stadium.

This game I covered during my internship summer working for the Milwaukee Journal and Sentinel in the photo department and it was a magical summer for me, much like it was for the Brewers who would go on to play in the 1982 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals (they lost, unfortunately).

When you're around a team of destiny, like the Brewers were this particular summer, you see magic happen on the field.  Games that should be a loss become a victory.  Plays like this that should be an out become a runner on first (and give me a six column photograph) and made me realize how lucky I was to be doing this work.

The summer was magical because wherever I turned, I saw photographs and felt like it was all going to work out. 

(For the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel)

Meet The Press, 1982

Meet The Press, 1982

Marquette University player Terry Reason ends up on top of the press table but not before tapping the ball back in bounds during a game at the Milwaukee Arena.

This photograph, made while still a student at Marquette University, became a six column photograph that was published in The Milwaukee Journal (where I had been an intern the previous summer).

This image would also go on to win an award in a contest held by the magazine The Sporting News for best sports photographs of 1982.

(For The Milwaukee Journal)

Nursing Home Raid Aftermath, Chicago, 1983

Nursing Home Raid Aftermath, Chicago, 1983

Polish women are in stunned disbelief after the nursing home where they worked in a neighborhood in southwest Chicago was raided by officials with the state of Illinois.

The home was for elderly Lithuanians who were cared for by these Polish women.

The state later exonerated the nursing home and they were able to continue performing their duties.

This photograph led to a photo essay for The Chicago Tribune on life inside this nursing home which was published a few months after this photograph.


(For The Chicago Tribune)

Father Burke's Healing Hands, 1983

Father Burke's Healing Hands, 1983

Fr. Burke, a 93 year old retired Catholic priest, lays his hands on a fellow resident of an Oak Park (IL) Nursing home as Fr. Burke made his daily rounds.

Though he was retired, Fr. Burke continued his ministry, saying mass daily (even if only in his little room at the nursing home), or walking the halls of the facility and blessing fellow residents and staff at the home.

(This project started as a self-assigned personal project and was eventually published in The Chicago Tribune).

Stretching Saddles, Prescott, AZ 1991

Stretching Saddles, Prescott, AZ 1991

Saddle bronc riders stretch their saddles as they prepare for competition at a rodeo billed as "The World's Oldest Rodeo" at Prescott, AZ.

This photograph, originally made for The Arizona Republic was reprinted in US News and World Report magazine.

 

Old Fashioned Tent Revival, Glen Ellyn, IL  1983

Old Fashioned Tent Revival, Glen Ellyn, IL 1983

A Pentecostal preacher reaches out and prays with an attendee of a summer tent revival that took place in the suburbs of Chicago during the summer of 1983.

 

(For The Chicago Tribune)

Bush announces for President, 1987

Bush announces for President, 1987

Then Vice-President George Herbert Walker Bush (center) raises his arm to acknowledge the crowd with his wife Barbara Bush (left) and former Houston Astros baseball announcer Milo Hamilton (far right) during an event in Houston in 1987.  Bush would eventually go on to win the race to be then later known as Bush 41 after his son George W. Bush became President in 2000 and became Bush 43.

 

(For The Chicago Tribune)

Barkley Hangs on the Rim After a Dunk, 1992

Barkley Hangs on the Rim After a Dunk, 1992

In 1992, Charles Barkley landed in Phoenix and I followed him -- literally -- from the moment he cleared the jetway upon arrival from Philadelphia after a blockbuster NBA trade (back then (pre-911) one could go to the gate without a ticket to greet friends and families, or NBA stars, in this case).

Covering Charles and that Suns team was, without a doubt, the most fun I had in my entire journalism career.  And I have never seen a personality as large as his and how he positively impacted Phoenix and Arizona especially in that first year.

This photograph was made in their new (at the time) arena and was from a pre season game against the Nets.  Charles was having an amazing game, and stole the ball at half court and broke for the rim.  

I had been photographing him with a large telephoto lens while he made the steal.  Quickly reaching for my second camera around my neck (with a shorter focal length lens), it became tangled in my haste to change cameras quickly.

I could only get the second camera up to my eye in a horizontal position (for basketball, that camera is oriented vertically) and just hammered the back button to engage the autofocus.

Charles had to hang on the rim for moment after slamming to avoid having his feet undercut and thankfully I was in a horizontal orientation because had I been in vertical mode I would not have made this photograph.

This photograph was originally made for The Arizona Republic and then later ran, ironically, as a six column photograph (as large as you could go) in my old newspaper, The Chicago Tribune, before the start of the 1993 NBA Finals which was the Suns vs. the Bulls.

AIDS March, Candlelight Procession, Washington, D.C.  1987

AIDS March, Candlelight Procession, Washington, D.C. 1987

Marchers carrying candles walk in DC with the Washington Monument in the background in this photograph from the first AIDS march in Washington in 1987.  

This image was made with a 30 second exposure (hand held) with a 20mm lens and a flash unit to add a subtle amount of fill and shot on Kodachrome 200 (no longer made).

 

World Series Champagne Celebration 1986

World Series Champagne Celebration 1986

Members of the New York Mets came back to the pitchers mound from the locker room and shake champagne bottles and celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox in seven games at Shea Stadium.

Boston was one out from extending an extra innings game with the Mets in Game Six of the Series when Mookie Wilson's two out dribbler eluded Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner so NY's Ray Knight scored giving the Met's a walk off win and forcing a game seven.

(For The Chicago Tribune)

Inaugural Reflections, 1992

Inaugural Reflections, 1992

Back in DC, this time for The Arizona Republic (I had left DC in 1990 for the west), I was assigned to cover the inauguration of President Bill Clinton.  This was the kick-off event, a concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where Michael Jackson performed.

This view is looking back on the Reflecting Pool (with the reflection of the Washington Monument seen at right) during the concert as the thousands upon thousands gathered to witness the event.

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