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Randy Olson

Randy Olson is a photojournalist in the documentary tradition. He often works with his wife, Melissa Farlow and their work has taken them to 50 countries over the past 20 years.  Even though they are published in LIFE, GEO, Smithsonian and other magazines, they have primarily worked on projects for the National Geographic Society. They normally work individually, but have co-produced National Geographic magazine stories on northern California, American national parks, and the Alps. They photographed the southern United States for a book by Collins Publishing and have collaborated on over 70 books by various publishers.

Randy’s 30+ National Geographic projects have taken him to almost every continent. National Geographic Society published a book of his work in 2011 in their Masters of Photography series. Olson was the Magazine Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition, and was also awarded POYi’s Newspaper Photographer of the Year—one of only two photographers to win in both media.

While working at The Pittsburgh Press, Olson received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship to support a seven-year project documenting a family with AIDS, and a Robert F. Kennedy Award for his story on problems with Section 8 housing. He was also awarded the Nikon Sabbatical and a grant from the National Archives to save the Pictures of the Year collection.

As the economics of print dwindles they support their documentary addiction by doing advertising campaigns and corporate work.  Randy photographed the Toyota Land Cruiser campaign in the Yukon and Australia.  They have done advertising photography for Becton Dickinson, HSBC Bank, Audi, Cleveland Clinic, Stratos Global and others so they can continue to support socially responsible documentary projects. They live in Pennsylvania and Oregon.

The video below is from the Land Cruiser ad campaign Randy shot for Toyota. You can also see this video on the website he helped Saatchi & Saatchi create.