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John Gibson took an early interest in photography after his grandmother gave him her Brownie box camera when he was eight years old.
Fast forward to 1987, John enrolled in the Photographic Technology program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, Alberta. During those years he was accepted as a student intern photographer at the Calgary Sun newspaper and earned a staff position there in 1988 after shooting the Winter Olympics for the Canada Olympic Association. At that same time, John was also a freelance photographer for the Agence France Presse (AFP) news agency and transmitted his sports events pictures to their North American bureau in Washington, D.C.
In 1994 he traveled to Vail, Colorado to shoot the World Mountain Bike Championships as he began to document the young sport of mountain biking. He soon became the team photographer for the Kona Bike Company based out of Vancouver, B.C.
At that same time, Freeride Entertainment invited John to shoot photos during the filming of all ten of their New World Disorder movies. After the NWD movie franchise ended, he worked with Freeride Entertainment and Red Bull Media House on the movies Where the Trail Ends and Rad Company.
John is a Senior Photographer for Bike Magazine and has been on the masthead as a contributing photographer since 1996.
Today, John shoots photos for a collection of editorial and corporate clients and is the photographer for NRG Enterprises based out of Nelson, B.C. When he is not taking photos of people riding their bikes, he pedals the trails that start out his door in Bow Valley, Alberta