Ten years ago this summer, Gary Hershorn was working as a news photographer documenting the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. “It was a summer filled with walking up and down the Hudson River in New Jersey, chasing the light, attempting to show off a New York City that was finally getting back to being itself; beautiful and majestic, a city of the world,” Gary remembers. “One World Trade Center was under construction; the skyline of Manhattan was about to change forever, once more. And I was at the center of it, making pictures to document a city, rising from its own ashes.”
Ten years on, he is a moon chaser. He is up before dawn to capture the sunrise and in the evening selecting his spot at dusk to photograph the sunset. He sees storms as opportunities for cloudscapes and lightning strikes. His camera is focused on New York City.
We asked Gary to share a selection of his images from 2021. “I hope when people look at my pictures, they feel a connection not only to the greatest city in the world, but to every human of this world, and the universe above and beyond,” he said.
Gary Hershorn is a Canadian photographer and picture editor based in New York City. His 40-year career began in 1979 at United Press International, in Toronto. He started working at Reuters in 1985, as Chief Photographer, Canada before moving to Washington, DC. in 1990. Gary performed many roles for Reuters that included, Senior Photographer, Picture Editor-Americas, and Global Sports Pictures Editor. He led major event coverage of the 9/11 attacks on the WTC, Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti Earthquake along with numerous sporting championships and entertainment events. Hershorn has covered as a photographer or editor: 17 Olympic Games, 24 Masters Golf tournaments, 24 Academy Awards, along with various Super Bowls, World Series, Stanley Cups, World Cups of Soccer, US Opens in tennis and golf, Wimbledon, Grammy Awards, and Emmy Awards.
Gary has a special relationship with W42nd Street. He shot one of his many famous pictures from next to his desk on the 19th floor of the Reuter’s headquarters as Sully’s plane floated along the Hudson River at the end of the street.
Gary’s book — New York Celestial — is a photographic celebration of America’s most famous city’s romantic visual love-fest with the sun and moon. These moving and simply glorious photographs include images of iconic New York landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and more. www.newyorkcelestial.com
These are some of the most glorious photos of NYC that I have ever seen! Bravo, Gary!
Fantastic photographs by a great photographer. We both worked for United Press International, UPI Newspictures during our careers.
I was hooked immediatley and have welcomed each day to see another of Gary’s amazing photographs. I had the nerve to add some foolish, flippant critiques of my first impressions. Gary, being a gentleman and humble, never seemed bothered. I hope he knows my wit is better than my bite. I am so pleased to follow his career and share what a fan I am. Sunrise, sunset, please make my day, every day in 2022, Gary.
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