Dave Gately, Featured Speaker, June 2005 Meeting

Military and Night Photography


Dave Gatley is an Independent Photojournalist covering assignments primarily West of the Rockies and along the Southwestern Border states. Formerly the Chief Photographer with the San Diego Bureau of the Los Angeles Times, Dave has been a professional photographer for over 33 years. He had been with the Los Angeles Times for 18 years, and previous to that he was a freelance commercial / editorial photographer for 10 years. Another 8 years as a senior Computer Programmer, with The RAND Corporation, specializing in military logistics, weapon systems and large databases.

In addition to the Southwest U.S., Mexico, Dave has covered assignments all over the world including locations such as Bosnia, Iraq, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Turkey, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Croatia, Hungary, Germany, England for numerous editorial publications and commercial corporations like: Barron's, Forbes, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Insight, Newsweek, People, Reader's Digest, Time, Dallas Morning News, Newsday, Pittsburgh Post, LA Times, NY Daily News, NY Times, SJ Mercury News, Wash. Post, Wash. Times, USA Today, CSU San Marcos, USD, General Dynamics, ITT-NV, Lockheed, Motorola, NBC "Dateline", CBS News and "60 Minutes", NEA, Pacific Bell, PBS, Peregrine, Zoological Society of San Diego, Legoland - CA, United Service Organization (USO), USNI Proceedings (US Naval Institute) and many more.

Nominated three times for a Pulitzer Prize, and once a finalist, a sampling his news work includes, the San Ysidro Massacre (also known as the McDonald's Massacre), the Mexico City Earthquake, the Olympics, hundreds of fires, floods, hurricanes, school shootings in Springville, OR, Columbine HS, Denver, CO, to unusual incidents like the Heaven's Gate cult. Although his assignments have taken Dave all over the world, he is best known for his coverage of the Southwest Border, it's immigration issues, drug smuggling and corruption related stories. Additionally, Dave has been a Lead Photographer for FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency (Headquarters) - part of the National Emergency Response Team (ERT-N) that has been called in to respond to major national emergencies and disasters anywhere in the U.S. or its US protectorates.

Nationally and locally recognized as an award winning photojournalist, he has been published in most U.S. and foreign publications, newspapers and magazines. His work appears in over three-dozen books, most currently in: o Our American Century / Immigrants o The New Americans / Time-Life Books - 1999; o LIFE: Century of Change / Bulfinch - 2000; o The NAVY / Naval Historical Foundation - 2000; o Wall Of Fame / Freedman - 2000; o The San Diego Wild Animal Park / ZSSD - 2000; o The World-Famous San Diego Zoo / ZSSD - 2000; o Little Panda / Schuster - 2001; o Cat Attacks / Miller - 2001, with several new books in progress.

Digital Photography and Digital Imaging Solutions consultation is a current endeavor, the most dynamic example of which has been the design, direction and implementation of the Digital Archiving Project with the Zoological Society of San Diego, creating a digital database from nearly 1/2 million slides. The very successful FEMA News Photo Desk, operating from FEMA Headquarters in Washington D.C. and their "Digital Photo Go Kits" are other products of that work.

Dave has been a board member and vice president of the LA Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers and currently on the San Diego Chapter board and vice president. He was also a previously president of the San Diego News Photographers Association. In addition to lecturing, Dave teaches Photojournalism at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego.

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