One of my great joys working at the San Francisco Chronicle was the photography department. I was the first real photo editor at the paper and one of my goals was to improve the opportunities for the photographers to contribute to the paper’s journalism. [Before I arrived at the paper, photos were often dropped off at the news desk into a wooden box. I like to joke that I put that box out of a job.]
The photo department did a visual goodbye when I left for The Arizona Republic in June, 1987. It was a great team of friendly and hard-working journalists. These photos are by Gary Fong, the chief photographer. Gary and I remain friends. He is in the front row, in the center.
On the far left side is another friend, Bryan Moss. I hired Bryan as a food photographer, with no experience in food photography. But that’s another story.