Category: Gardiner Photo Archive

Pope Trip Hotel Darkroom Build

After traveling across the country from New Orleans to Los Angeles with 27 cases of equipment we settled into a hotel meeting room. Our overnight task was to turn it into a darkroom to handle an unknown number of rolls of film, prints, and analog photo transmissions to a variety of locations domestic and foreign.

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Papal Selfies and 27 Cases in 1987

Wire service and newspaper photographers covering the Pope’s trip in 1987 shot film. Lots of film. All of it color. Someone had to process the film, make prints, and transmit the photos back to the newspapers or to AP photo editors in New York and Washington. Darkroom duties fell to several groups of AP staffers and stringers who leapfrogged across the country arriving in each city ahead of the Pope and carrying enough darkroom equipment and photo transmitters to quickly process as many as 50 rolls of film at a time and transmit color photos to multiple newspapers at once.

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“The Bedsheet Shenanigans of the KKK…” – Gardiner Archive

This story was published July 30, 1972, in “Florida,” the Sunday magazine of the Orlando Sentinel. Reporter Tom Fiedler and I had been visiting Klan events and members working on a story about its recent resurgence in Central Florida.

The most visible action the Klan took was a parade in full KKK garb down the main streets of Lakeland, Fla. It was the first of several trips to the area Tom and I made to photograph and interview Klansmen and their families.

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Bob Wilson’s Work Space

The photo showed a small lagoon, it’s blue water and coral beach ringed by lush foliage under a sky with clouds casting no shadows across the postcard-perfect fairytale view. It was the site of a new golf course, an indicator of how the sport has moved even onto small South Pacific islands. “I was there. That’s where I landed.” he continued to explain.

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Wayne Williams Trial Redux – Archive

With the anniversary of the Wayne Williams trial beginning 40 years ago this month some of my old photos of the story are resurfacing. Among those is this one of a grieving mother at her son’s funeral. I covered a number of funerals during the child murders and was always more than happy to be told the family didn’t want photographers in the church. It was possible to get good, storytelling photos from across the street. Most of the principals in the continuing story knew the photographers and allowed us good access when required.

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1973 Gas Crisis – Gardiner Archive

It’s a few years since the oil crisis of 1973 when I shot this photo of cars lining up at a gas station on Davie Blvd. at I-95 in Ft. Lauderdale. That being said, all I can think of when looking at this photo  is wondering about the price of all these cars on the vintage and restored auto market. I’ll take the Mustang and the VW.

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Muirfield Village With Three Photogs – Archive

Photographers Terry Gilliam, left, Mark Hall, second from left, and Chris Kasson, right, pose with me for a photo in this undated photo from the darkroom at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin. The only time this darkroom in the lower level of the new clubhouse was used was during Memorial, the Sondheim Cup, and the Ryder Cup. For those of you who are too young to know or your memories have failed, Gilliam is holding a roll of color film, probably one he shot at the tournament.

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