Photojournalist Randy Olson often works with his wife, Melissa Farlow. Together their work has taken them to 50 countries over the past 20 years. Their images have been published in Life, Geo, Smithsonian and other magazines though 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 29 National Geographic magazine projects have taken him to almost every continent. Olson was the 2003 Magazine Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition and was also awarded POYi’s 1992 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.
As the economics of print dwindles they support their documentary addiction by doing advertising campaigns and corporate work. Randy photographed the 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser campaign in the Yukon and Australia. They have done ad work for Becton Dickinson, HSBC Bank, Audi, Northrup Grumman and others so they can continue personal projects. They live in Pennsylvania and Oregon.