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Doug Gordon Surreptitiously Presenting for Nikon at WPPI Despite Having Withdrawn

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Earlier this morning, we received a tip from a reader (who has chosen to remain anonymous) that Doug Gordon — who was embroiled in a nasty plagiarism scandal along with Jasmine Star late last year — is still presenting at WPPI, despite having officially withdrawn in October.

According to our source (and confirmed by the schedule posted below), Gordon is presenting through Nikon rather than as an official WPPI speaker. That is why you won’t find him on the official WPPI schedule or list of speakers. Technically, he is there as a Nikon speaker and not a WPPI presenter.

“I know Nikon has a lot invested in him now,” writes our disgruntled reader. “But I think allowing him in through the backdoor and circumventing all the backlash and the petition asking for him NOT to be at WPPI is pretty underhanded (by both Nikon and especially Doug Gordon)”

Here’s that schedule:

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Star and Gordon’s withdrawal came after much outrage from the photo community and a petition that gathered several hundred signatures. WPPI itself reported the development on its blog and Facebook page, saying that “the integrity and reputation of WPPI is important to us,” which is why they had decided to respect the community outcry.

Our anonymous reader got in touch with us because they were surprised, “I’m just curious why there has been no outrage, or a tremor, a mention, or even a whisper about Doug Gordon presenting workshops for Nikon at WPPI?”

What’s your take? Does this constitute, as our reader put it, “circumvent[ing] WPPI and [Gordon's] apology,” or is this okay? Let us know in the comments down below. In the meantime, we’ve gotten in touch with Nikon for comment, and will update this post just as soon as we hear back.


 
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  • koala

    And this matters because…..?
    He made a mistake, was shamed by the interwebs, and he officially withdrawn,
    He still has an agreement with Nikon he has to live up to else risk breaching a contract.
    if you dislike him that much, just ignore him….. you don’t have to listen to him speak….

  • LeighMiller

    This… +1

    The guy has to rebuild his reputation at some point, just like Paula Deen and all the other celebrities who messed up in some area of their lives.

  • Rob S

    Wow Nikon. This is what your integrity is worth?
    By keeping him in their lineup Nikon is endorsing his actions. Speaks volumes.

  • peaceetc

    I have to disagree, koala. The guy is a liar and a thief, multiple times over. It spanned years. Frankly, I think he should have faced more than a public shaming, because what he did was terrible.

    Either way, it didn’t happen very long ago. It’s far too soon. Maybe next year. Maybe.

  • http://biglightbox.com Andres Trujillo

    Nikon is going to do what they think will make them money, if you have a problem with this, prove them wrong by not endorsing this dude. It is that simple

  • JambaGuice

    Thumbs down for Nikon. Thumbs down for Gordon. This guy, Doug Gordon, lied…plain and simple. To be Nikon & back him up by allowing him to present some workshop is risking the reputation of not only the Nikon company but also the reputation of this conference. This Gordon is not a novice photog who just started in the business (I would actually give him a pass if he was a noob) . He has built a reputation from years of contributing to the photog community (albeit using plagiarism). There are probably countless other photogs with much more credibility who should take his place there.

  • roger

    I won’t endorse Nikon either. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Stephen

    I’m tired of this stupid, dishonest response. Deliberate dishonesty is not a “mistake.” It is deliberate. If you want to argue we should accept his apology and give him a second chance, that’s fine. But don’t call it a “mistake,” because that just makes you sound disingenuous, at which point who cares what you have to say. What he did was very clearly not a mistake.

    As for Gordon’s appearance at WPPI, I will reserve comment until hearing what Nikon has to say. But I will be listening for their statement.

  • wickerprints

    But a conference presentation isn’t the venue to rebuild his reputation. If he wants to regain his good name, he’s going to have to do that by showing that he isn’t a liar and a thief, not by showing that he knows how to do presentations. In other words, he must once again prove himself through his original work and do what photographers do: take photos and let the work speak for itself.

  • harumph

    Paula Deen is a poor comparison, since she doesn’t HAVE to rebuild her reputation. She could (and should) just disappear into the woodwork and surrender her public career in shame. Some things you just don’t bounce back from. They forever diminish you, and those are the consequences. That’s life.

    On second thought, maybe it is an apt comparison, just not in the way you intended.

  • David Vaughn

    It’s the principle of the matter. This makes it look like he didn’t withdraw because he felt he had disgraced his craft and he wanted to keep his integrity intact, but instead he was forced to withdraw because of the backlash, and had it not been so great, he would have just been on his merry, thieving little way to WPPI.

    It suggests that he doesn’t have much dignity, so we should treat him accordingly.

  • Zinchuk

    Three years ago you couldn’t swing a dead cat in the halls outside the presentation area without hitting a life-size ad of Doug Gordon in his underwear.

  • josetomastocino

    This guy Doug Gordon is one of the most disgusting guys I’ve seen in the business. Every time I remember his workshop in creative live it gives me the chills, all touchy touchy over the models. Ugh.

  • Matthew

    Love doug….so glad we get to see him.

  • plank

    However much he rebuilds his reputation, he is and always will be a mediocre photographer, producing uninspiring work. I’ve seen photographers in their teens with portfolios that blow his away.

  • Anonymous

    Who are you to determine how long is enough. If you don’t like Doug don’t go to his class…there its solved…others, like myself, that want to have a successful business are ecstatic that he’ll be there.

    Like I said, if you don’t like it don’t go. You are probably just another person who’s not even going to WPPI but wants to throw stones.

  • MemPhoto

    I myself was happy to hear that WPPI listened. That said, I’ll be interested to see if anyone sits down for Doug’s “set” at the Nikon booth. I can’t say I would not smile if noone does.

  • C Sab

    Who are you to determine the opposite? Clearly you either don’t get it, or you support thieves as long as you aren’t the victim.

    It’s way more than a mistake, and if you had integrity whatsoever or were a true photographer you wouldn’t be saying that.

  • Herbert

    Bah, who cares.

  • Mikhari

    Please just don’t come away from his lecture with the impression that plagiarism, thievery and lying is key to a “successful business”.

  • Anonymous

    C Sab….you missed the point champ….I am a big boy and I have the right to go to any platform I want. He is a brilliant businessman who daily requirement exceeds your monthly take.

    I should have the choice of whom I’d like to learn from and I am glad to see Nikon not be pushed around by a bunch of cyber bullies.

    If no one shows then he’ll get dropped…you guys should hope and pray that WPPI puts him on and the membership doesn’t show up…then the sponsors would have to listen….but that won’t happen because he knows his stuff and you know there’s a huge segment of photographers that NEED to learn from him.

  • Kwame Essel

    Doug Gordon should be ashamed, and he should not have considered showing up anywhere near WPPI. It’s sad that Nikon think it’s alright and dandy to feature him. No matter the contract that Doug and Nikon have for the WPPI 2014, it shouldn’t be honored. I think I’ll have to sell my Nikon so that I can purchase a Pentax. Enough of this foolishness.

  • Mikhari

    Well put. He knew what he was doing, yet he did it anyway. In a profession where what you see is what you get and the sole basis for your business, using other people’s works is pretty low.

    Either way, it would be interesting to see what comes of it at WPPI.

  • Move On

    Let me guess… You are a part of the photography community who THINKS they are photographers, but when I come to visit your studio I will be sitting in your kitchen. If you do not have a legitimate commercial studio then you probably shouldn’t even be commenting on this type of situation.

    P.S. What designates a “true photographer”? Considering you are taking a selfie in a mirror really tells me you are not a part of the “true” photography crowd… but of the “I got a big camera for Christmas and I’m gonna hide behind it and try and pick on the big guys so I can have my 30 seconds of so called “fame”.

  • John Frank

    Who gives a ….He is a good photographer and is speaking at the Nikon booth. He is a photographer, not a writer. It’s not like he is still teaching a master class or at WPPI U. Even if he was, if you don’t like him then don’t go to that class. Quit making a big deal out of something that does’t matter. Surly there are better subjects that we could be talking about.

  • Anonymous

    PREACH!

  • Anonymous

    “C Sab – Hobbyist Photographer, Techie Guy, Occasional Gamer, Dude and an awesome person when you get to know him. – Dude – The Android Channel …”

    You’re a pretender bro, no wonder you just sit and hate. Go back to work and Kinko’s….your 15 min break is over.

    Once you become a PROFESSIONAL photographer you can comment on how PROFESSIONAL organizations are run and how other PROFESSIONALS act.

    Until then keep learning and building a business that give will give you the right to be so righteous.

  • Brandi

    I would guess that most people posting on this topic have never met Doug and do not know him – other than by the opinions of others. It is sure easy to cast stones when you live in glass houses…………

  • Aki

    I’m sorry but this is just lame. He wasn’t stealing images or teaching materials. The guy wanted some witty material to use for his blog that was more business related or humorous to use for his profile. I understand that plagarism in any form is unacceptable, really I do, but Doug teaches posing. He’s not out there regurgitating info that he read elsewhere. What he teaches in his platform topics are his material. He’s taken his lumps. Let him be already.

    Now, if we were talking about Rob Adams who lifted his curriculum from another speaker then I might take issue with him teaching. But, the platform Doug is teaching on isn’t the WPPI platform. It’s the Nikon booth at the tradeshow. That’s pretty much fair game for me.

  • Steven

    If you don’t want to hear Doug speak, then don’t go to the Nikon booth… Real simple. Get a life people.

  • scottcho

    I agree with John Frank and koala. No one is being forced to watch Doug present at the Nikon booth. However, many people WANT to see Doug do his presentation. He has great original content to share with beginning and established photographers, alike. Let those that want to see Doug have the opportunity.

  • Charles King

    My question is really what is the purpose of this post?

    This “Scandal” is over and has been over since 2013. Doug Gordon is not a WPPI speaker. What Doug Gordon is is a a highly trained and recognized professional photographer who is speaking at a booth during an expo. Let me repeat that for this “anonymous reader” Doug Gordon is NOT a WPPI speaker he is speaker at a booth during the expo and offering great knowledge and sound advice to anyone who wants to receive it.

    Doug Gordon has straight up demonstrated countless times that the knowledge that he provides to his students and attendees of his workshops, seminars, and lectures is straight up gold. Photography careers have literally been built, and improved after attending his event.

    So with that said if you aren’t interested in gaining anything that Doug has to offer then simply don’t attend, and leave the seat open to someone who actually wants to do better in this industry. Period.

  • Tom

    It seems that he is also appearing at the Adorama booth. Why bother with the BS apology?

  • Nathan_D

    Doug Gordon is a really great guy, regardless everyone can make a mistake and should not be defined by such but rather what they have done and given back to the community. Almost 10 years ago when I started out as newbie he really helped me elevate my skills and showed me that it was possible for me to achieve all I dreamed of and currently I am blessed to be successfully doing what I love thanks to the support of Doug Gordon. I’ve always known him to be down to earth person that I respect and admire and he should continue to represent Nikon because he knows his craft better than most I presume.

  • Peter J

    I know Doug for many years and has been nothing but a positive impact on me and my photography. Everyone deserves a second chance. If you like him then go if you don’t then don’t go. Doug isn’t the only problem this industry has.

  • Tom

    It does matter. He Stole content from someone else. Why should anyone trust him now?
    Doogie is no longer a photographer, he is a mere sideshow. A workshop machine. A liar and a thief. The best part was when I sat through one of his ridiculous “SalesShops” (disguised as a workshop to sell a crappy flashlight and DVDs) and listened to him bash Nikon owners. Nikon must’ve offered him more money than Canon. I wish I had recorded that!

  • Bluebunny

    Seriously? We’re going down this road again? Geez, some people just have nothing better to do. Here’s a suggestion… If you don’t like him, don’t go to the Nikon booth to listen to him. Simple. To me, Doug Gordon has a ton of valuable information that benefit me. I don’t follow his facebook page to read his general comments about life, I follow his page to learn more about photography. Because thats what he is, a great photographer. When I want some tips on life I go read Dr. Phils page… Get over it. Move on.

  • C3

    What does this have to the art that Doug is bringing to the table ? He is an amazing artist.

  • peaceetc

    Straight up gold? Really? A video he did of posing newborns had to be taken down recently because it was full of bad and dangerous advice. It was honestly terrible.

    Gordon has also demonstrated a willingness to steal and lie. His content thefts went on for years. He was privately asked to remove stolen content multiple times, before Photo Stealers finally outed him to the public. If they hadn’t, he would probably still be doing it.

    He stole from other people and presented it as his own work. That should not be overlooked, and that is why people are upset. Frankly it pisses me off when people on here and elsewhere discard it and pass it off as a simple mistake (yes, I know you didn’t use that word, but others have).

  • John

    Doug is a great teacher, speaker and motivator…one of the best I have seen in my years of taking photography classes. He made a mistake (haven’t we all).

    Here is a simple solution–if you don’t think Doug should be speaking, don’t go watch him speak….however, my guess is he will draw one of the biggest crowds around at the Nikon Booth. I will be there!

  • RonT

    He’s a ‘brilliant businessman’ in the same way that Jordan Belfort was a brilliant businessman – it’s comparitively easy to be successful when you don’t follow the rules that everyone else does.
    What exactly is he going to teach people who want to succeed honestly?

  • Charles King

    My question is really what is the purpose of this post?

    This “Scandal” is over and has been over since 2013. Doug Gordon is not a WPPI speaker. What Doug Gordon is is a a highly trained and recognized professional photographer who is speaking at a booth during an expo. Let me repeat that for this “anonymous reader” Doug Gordon is NOT a WPPI speaker he is speaker at a booth during the expo and offering great knowledge and sound advice to anyone who wants to receive it.

    Doug Gordon has straight up demonstrated countless times that the knowledge that he provides to his students and attendees of his workshops, seminars, and lectures is straight up gold. Photography careers have literally been built, and improved after attending his event.

    So with that said if you aren’t interested in gaining anything that Doug has to offer then simply don’t attend, and leave the seat open to someone who actually wants to do better in this industry. Period.

  • Anonymous

    If you were going to go with ridiculous comparisons you should have just gone with Judas or Hitler.

  • RonT

    So stealing some stuff is ok but stealing other stuff isn’t? Out of curiosity do you have a list of the stuff that it’s ok to steal, that could be really handy…

  • RonT

    Actually I agree completely with that. The best way to indicate that you don’t approve of Nikon fronting Doug Gordon is to vote with your feet and your wallet.
    There will always be people who attend simply because they have no personal philosophy of right and wrong. But that will be also show through in the way that they conduct their own business as well, I should think

  • Ryan K

    Doug is a good guy, bottom line. In my opinion, there’s no reason to continue bashing him. Let the man have a livelihood here. He pulled out of WPPI, but Nikon asked him to present, if you don’t like it, don’t bother going. But Doug is not some horrible person that needs to be shamed by the community. He genuinely helps a lot of people, and he does give back to the community. I understand everyone being upset, but c’mon, don’t you all have better things to be upset about?

  • Eric Sartoris

    All it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.

  • peaceetc

    I don’t get the difference. Stealing is stealing. You can try to rationalize it all you want, but it doesn’t change what he did. He stole from others, but people seem perfectly happy to overlook the victims in this. That blog was part of his online presence — which is a business, mind you — so it wasn’t just a bit of fluff. He was using others’ content to make money. Plain and simple.

  • peaceetc

    Oh, they will go. There are obviously a lot of people who simply don’t care what he did. If he had stolen from them, they’d be mad and want him banished, but since they weren’t hurt, they just don’t care. Apparently caring what happens to others doesn’t figure into things.

  • RonT

    Mistake as in “Oops I was just just peering through someone else blog and websites and I tripped and copied/pasted their words into my own work”?
    When I was at university we didn’t call that a mistake, we called it plagiarism and it got you expelled from your degree course, which pretty much finished you.
    Interesting to see that in business it’s just considered a minor hiccup, as it is in politics. No wonder your society has been wracked with financial crimes by your business and banking people.