Putting Cape Breton in focus

October 26, 2015

By Nancy King - Cape Breton Post

Forty years and a dozen books later, Warren Gordon releasing new book on Nov. 12

warren gordon oct 2015Warren Gordon will mark the launch of his most recent self-published photography book, “Cape Breton Collection,” with events at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion on Nov. 12. The dozen or so book the award-winning Sydney photographer has published over the years have sold about 200,000 copiesSYDNEY — Warren Gordon’s more than four-decade photography career began almost by chance.

Friends Max MacDonald and Maynard Morrison were starting a school newspaper in the late 1960s for Xavier Junior College when they asked Gordon to serve as their photographer, despite not having any experience taking pictures.

“I figured, heck how hard could it be, right?” Gordon remembered.

He was then asked to be photographer for the yearbook and was also asked by the Boardmores to take photos of the drama group.

“I didn’t have a camera and I hadn’t taken a picture yet,” he said. “The pictures came out pretty decently, I guess, and I just kept on going.”

He began using an Argus 35 millimetre camera borrowed from his father. Eventually, he bought a Miranda model of his own.

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Warren Gordon wins Best Pictorial Image

warren-2012-award250A scenic image of Cap Rouge, on the Cabot Trail, by Sydney photographer Warren Gordon was chosen as the Best Pictorial Photograph in Canada at the recent Professional Photographers of Canada National

Warren Gordon may be one of Cape Breton’s greatest ambassadors. For decades, the award-winning photographer has captured the tranquility and beauty of Cape Breton Island to create calendars that hang in kitchens around the globe. On the lengthy list of tourists smitten by the images is a professor in Osaka, Japan. “He orders a calendar every year,” says Gordon.

The enterprising photographer has also created 12 coffee table photo books, selling enough copies to be considered best sellers in Canada’s book industry. His passion for photography began when a few neighbourhood friends asked him to help out with a school yearbook. He borrowed a 35 mm camera from his dad, captured his first roll of pictures for the school project, and hasn’t looked back.

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