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Nikon Kicks Wedding Photographer Doug Gordon out of Ambassador Program

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In light of recent reports of repeat plagiarism and other less-than-savory business practices, Nikon has officially removed wedding photographer and educator Doug Gordon from its ambassador program.

Gordon’s professional downward spiral began in July of 2013 when photography ‘wall of shame’ PhotoStealers revealed that the photographer had plagiarized tweets, Facebook statuses, bios and even entire blog posts from others in the industry.

He and fellow photographer Jasmine Star were removed from the WPPI roster and, although Gordon was named a Nikon Ambassador and spoke at the WPPI Nikon booth, many believed they had paid a fair price and it was time to let bygones be bygones.

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That is, until a couple of weeks ago when PhotoStealers discovered that Gordon hadn’t, in fact, cleaned up his act.

Another instance of plagiarism was uncovered on Gordon’s workshop website, and to make matters worse, more stories from disgruntled clients have surfaced. According to Photography Monthly, a former client came forward to say that Gordon sent a 15-year-old apprentice to shoot their wedding in his stead, and then called the police on them when they refused to pay.

A screenshot of a cached version of the Ambassador page from July 6th.

A screenshot of a cached version of the Ambassador page from July 6th.

A screenshot of the page as it appears today.

A screenshot of the page as it appears today.

But if the hope was that this too would be forgiven and forgotten, or at the very least forgotten, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

As you can see from the screenshots above, Nikon USA has officially removed Gordon from its Ambassador page. Furthermore, the company confirmed to Fstoppers that he is “no longer a part of the program,” so this isn’t just an editing mistake.

He has also been removed from the lineup of speakers at Shutterfest, and we imagine that any other speaking engagements he has must be in some sort of jeopardy now that the friends and companies that were supporting him have turned their backs.

(via Photography Monthly)


 
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  • Marc Hill

    Exactly, arranging equipment and pushing buttons does not make a good photograph. If it did then I’d be a famous photographer too.

  • Marc Hill

    Ken Rockwell is an admitted satirist.

  • Mike D

    I’m an advanced amateur, buy lots of Nikon equipment, and haven’t a clue who these ambassadors are and why I should pay extra for Nikon equipment to help cover the additional costs of the program. If Nikon really studied who buys their more advanced equipment, I’ll bet that serious amateurs buy the lion’s share, by far. It’s nice to know that Nikon really doesn’t have a single program that focuses on this group. How can Nikon expect its serious customers to be loyal when Nikon isn’t loyal to them.

  • Matthew Saville Baldon

    How dare you clump photogs like Joe McNally in with these turds. There’s a difference between simply teaching people how to take better photos just for the passion of photography, and promising people that you’ll teach them how to “go pro” and get rich. Don’t ever confuse the two! Photography education, in general, is a very great profession that is largely NOT full of hacks. You just happen to be in that industry that is obsessed with turning a profit from photography. There is a whole world of hobbyists out there who simply want to take better photos.

  • Matthew Saville Baldon

    Ken Rockwell is highly opinionated, but that’s it. His opinions, as opinions, are actually highly valuable for anyone who wishes to understand his personal philosophy about photography, which in my opinion is worthwhile.

    Most people who hate on Ken Rockwell are just pixel-peepers who think they know best about what camera or lens to buy, when in reality they’re probably 90% fanboy with very little true understanding of what photography is all about.

  • introvert

    shebang!

  • DL

    KAI
    MAN
    WONG

    that is all

  • DL

    LOL when photostealers calls Gary Fong an industry leader. Like McDonalds is a restaurant leader, sure.

  • DL

    99% wrong? 99% ? are you sure? I’ll give him 30% wrong…

    At least he didn’t have a lens compatibility chart up like Nikonians did for YEARS that will break your camera.

  • DL

    Matt Granger is a baby who will publicly get into internet wars with anyone who doesn’t agree how great he is.

  • DL

    Chase Jarvis? He’s in love with himself. Every new product video he dad was 2 minutes of the product and 13 minutes of Chase and his Bros high fiving each other and mugging it up

  • ZoetMB

    I don’t really consider Kelby to be a photographer as much as a post-processing expert (Photoshop, etc.) and he’s quite good at teaching that. I’ve taken a few of his seminars and thought they were quite worthy.

  • ZoetMB

    I disagree. I was a fan of Rockwell years ago, but after he “reviewed” equipment that he never had in his hands, obsessed one too many times about his kid, claimed to be an expert on certain aspects of electronics, but then got the facts wrong, constantly displayed his innate cheapness (which I suppose some would see as a positive quality) and displayed consistently bad photographs (although a few good ones from time to time), I decided not to waste my time on his site anymore.

    Different strokes for different folks, and if you like him that’s fine, but I’m not a fan and I’m most certainly not a pixel peeper nor a fanboy and I’ve been doing photography since I was a kid in the early 1960s. In spite of that experience, I do not consider myself to have achieved either being an expert or an artist and IMO, there’s always something new one can learn.

  • Matthew Saville Baldon

    Take everything with a grain of salt, of course. But if you want a quick reference guide to pretty much every Nikon product ever made, KR’s site is the #1 go-to site and Google’s traffic stats prove it.

  • ZoetMB

    Traffic stats mean nothing more than using stupid headlines as click bait. They certainly don’t reflect quality. If you want a better guide to Nikon and someone who definitely knows a hell of a lot more about the business, I’d go with Thom Hogan’s sites.

    But again, if you like KR’s sites, go with it. He’s certainly been brilliant at marketing himself. I congratulate anyone who can make a living off of a free website.

  • Stan Chung

    What’s wrong with that? A photographer like Chase directs the set. Working as a team ensures you have new people coming up.

    Coming from a TV commercial directing background, it takes a lot of people to make something happen.

    Your disdain is misplaced.

  • Stan Chung

    You mean lay off the internet and go shoot?