Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel is a former staff photojournalist at The Philadelphia Inquirer, Courier-Post and Today’s Spirit. She has won numerous awards for her documentary photojournalism of everyday people and events. She has covered a wide range of daily photo assignments and special projects.
Photojournalist Gekoski-Kimmel shared the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, given for a year long in-depth investigation about violence in the Philadelphia Schools “Assault on Learning”.
She also won first place awards in The National Press Photographers Association, New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists Pictures of the Year, Editor and Publisher, Keystone Press Awards, and Women in Photojournalism. Gekoski-Kimmel also earned the Award of Excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists for her work on a series “A Portrait of Hunger” photographing the children in the city of Philadelphia who go to bed hungry every night. She was awarded a National Headliners Award for her candid and tender photo essay on the Delp brothers from South Jersey, a rare set of identical conjoined twins joined at the head. Her sensitivity, heart and years of experience allowed her to capture the special moments in their lives, the only photographer to ever be granted permission by the family.
Gekoski-Kimmel began her career after graduating from Temple University with a degree in Communications. She got her first staff photography job working at a small daily paper, the Today’s Spirit in Hatboro, Pa. Then in 1978 she was hired as a staff photojournalist at the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, N.J. Having worked there until 1984 covering the World Series in 1980, a visit from the Pope and other local news worthy events, Gekoski-Kimmel was now ready to move on. She was hired by the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1984 and remained until 2013. Gekoski-Kimmel wanted to stay and shoot locally to document the day-to-day struggles and joys in people's lives.
THE EARLY DAYS
COLOR FILM and DIGITAL CAMERAS
On April 10, 2003 Army Staff Sergeant Terry Hemingway was killed in Iraq by a roadside suicide bomber. He was 39. After his body was escorted home by his brother, Sergeant First Class Gary Hemingway, he was laid to rest at Beverly National Cemetery in New Jersey. (L-R) At Hemingway’s funeral his three children Venetia,9, Terry Jr., 11 and Danisha, 7, watch in grief as their mother, Darlene, is comforted by their uncle Gary Hemingway. © Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel
© Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel
Food Insecurity: Imani cries with worry as hunger advocate Mariana Chilton makes a home visit to help. There was no food to feed her children before they went off to school. © Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel
All photos copyrighted © 2019 Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel