These are the photos of Gordon McComiskie widely known and admired by his fellow photographers and the readers of the Daily Telegraph.
He shoots after dark starting at 10pm on the streets when most of us are in bed sleeping, or out partying. The graveyard shift is not a well populated one, even with journos in action packed Sydney.
From the second he starts his shift, News Corp photographer Gordon McComiskie is on high-alert. Anyone who knows him understands this means fearless action in the pursuit of that memorable moment of life, in Sydney after dark. Chasing a big scale cinematic photo that shares with people the reality of the news at night.
His job is not one for the faint hearted, chasing emergencies, disasters, life and death as well as celebration and fun. Gordon deals with people from all walks of life and attends scenes most people only see in movies. His cinematic shooting style makes big images that show us the impact and intensity of the scene. One moment he can be covering a serious assault and the next he can be photographing people enjoying our night life.
He works on a second by second basis and particularly enjoys showing off the wonderful work that Emergency Services perform in our community. Gordon has a huge respect for the work of the NSW Police and Emergency Services in their late hours, bravery and incredible work removing people from harm in situations of often high personal danger. He also thinks it is important to show how the Police and Emergency Services make our big fun events for which Sydney is so famous possible, safe and really enjoyable for so many.
Gordon believes he has the best job in the world, and loves bringing stories to life through his images. He thinks it’s great knowing people on their morning commute to work or sitting at a café, are reading the stories he has covered the night before. It’s an extremely rewarding and satisfying job, the hard truths of tragedy, disaster and the happy stories of rescue and fun nights out. Every night Gordon aims to capture these moments both heartfelt and heartbreaking. In this exhibition Gordon has brought you a few of his favorites, some of which have never been published before.
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