Dan E. Gross
Photo Editor   |   Email: dgross@gazette.net   |   Phone: 301-670-2062

My love of photography started at 9 when I found a trunk full of my dad’s darkroom gear in the garage. I began shooting with his Speed Graphic press camera and learned to process the film in a homemade darkroom. Throughout my school years I was a photographer for school newspapers and eventually earned three degrees in photography, finishing with an MFA from the University of Arizona. One of my works from those years, a huge pinhole photograph was part of a retrospective show called “Attitudes: Photography in the 1970’s” and is part of the permanent collection at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. My first photography job was at 18 working for a newspaper in Thousand Oaks, Calif., while I was still in high school. After college I found a place here at The Gazette, first as a staff photographer and eventually as the photo editor. During my 24-year career at The Gazette I have seen photojournalism move from using film and working in smelly darkrooms to digital cameras and computers. I have also seen the newspaper industry change from print-only to one that must also publish on the Web. I have won several awards over the years; the most recent was best of show at the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association for a video I made about the long difficult recovery of a boy after he was hit by a car while skateboarding.