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- Gordon Ward Gahan born November 5, 1945, at Sloane Hospital, Manhattan, to Alice M. Ward, 37 years old, housewife, and Edmund Gahan, 48 years old, owner of an oil well supply business.
- Attends Harrison High School in Harrison, New York. Plays on football team.
- Attends Phillips Exeter Academy. Serves on the Photographic Board of The Exonian, along with Randall Lewis, Larry Palmer, Silas Yates, Thomas Nash, and Thomas Plimpton. Serves on the Photographic Board of the Yearbook, along with Nicholas Deane, Daniel French, Randall Lewis, Jerome Mathiason, Davide Teele, and Christopher Wilson.
- Attends Columbia University, New York. Completes courses in: Devl Westn Inst + Soc Ideas; College Composition 1; Eur Lit + Philos Mastrpiecs 1; Elementary Japanese; Taoist Thought + Its Developmnt; and Theories of Religious Behavior.
- Gahan's photos are published through United Press International in various newspapers in the USA, including the Minneapolis Tribune, St. Cloud Daily Times, Kankakee Daily Journal, Moline Dispatch, Grand Rapids Press, Jacksonville Journal, De Kalb Daily Chronicle, and Schenectady Gazette. Photographic subjects include: the funeral of Malcolm X at the Faith Temple, Church of Christ, Harlem; San Juan, Puerto Rico; New Croton Reservoir, New York, during drought; New York Democratic State Chairman William H. McKeon, announcing his resignation; actors Candice Bergen, Larry Hagman, Paul Henreid, Monika Henreid, Walter Matthau; film director Sidney Lumet; Thunderbird Golf Tournament at the Westchester Country Club in Harrison, NY; New York mayoral candidate John Lindsay; Barbara Hyman, daughter of Bette Davis; Nazare, Portugal. Photo story "Flood Waters Rise" exhibited as an entry to World Press Photo 1966 in the Municipal Museum of the Hague, 12/16/66-1/29/67. Appointed newspictures manager of United Press International, Minneapolis.
- Inducted into the United States Army. As Photographer, Information Office, Headquarters, US Army Vietnam, accompanies 173d Airborne Brigade in battle in November 1967 against the North Vietnamese on Hill 882 in the Republic of Vietnam. Awarded the Bronze Star Medal and a Purple Heart.
- Works for the National Geographic Society as a contract photographer, 1968-1972, and a staff photographer, 1972-1982. Travels widely. Awarded Honorable Mention, 1970 Picture of the Year (National Press Photographers Association) for photo entitled "Japanese Couple."
- Meets US President Richard Nixon at the White House.
- Co-founds Prism Photography Inc. (in New York/Washington DC?)
- On assignment in the Virgin Islands near St. Thomas, October 19, 1984, dies in a helicopter crash along with two others: Joseph Capitelli, art director at Wells Rich and Greene, and the helicopter pilot, Steve Booker.
- 1. Photographs, ca.1950-1982
- 2. Audio-visual material, ca.1970-1980
- 3. Papers, 1967-1984
- 4. Publications, 1960-1967
- 5. Realia
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Existence and Location of Copies
- Gahan, Gordon W. Gordon Ward Gahan photographs and papers, 1950-1984: Guide.
- Fine Arts Library, Harvard Library
- EAD ID
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