Randy Olson (Documentary Photographer)


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"Randy Olson is a photographer in the documentary tradition. Published in LIFE, GEO, Smithsonian and other magazines, he has primarily worked on projects for the National Geographic Society. He normally works individually, but has co- produced National Geographic magazine stories with his wife, Melissa Farlow, 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. His works have been exhibited and shown multiple times in Perpignan, France at the “Visa pour l’Image” Festival. 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 in the largest photojournalism contest operating continuously since World War II. A graduate of the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri, Olson lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania."