About Bob Gomel
Former LIFE magazine photographer, Bob Gomel was born (1933) and raised in New York City, where he earned a journalism degree from New York University in 1955. After serving four years in the U.S. Navy, he was promptly offered a job at the Associated Press. But by then, he had changed his mind about what he wanted to do. "I just felt one picture wasn't sufficient to tell a story," he explains. "I was interested in exploring something in depth. And, of course, the mecca was Life magazine." He turned down the offer from AP, and began working for LIFE in 1959, producing many memorable images. In the early 1970s, he began making photographs for other major magazines and branched out into advertising photography working on campaigns for Audi, Bulova, GTE, Merryll Lynch, and Shell Oil, among others.