George Olson Photography


George Olson, now on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon, is the former director of Photography of Sunset magazine, and he began his career as a newspaper photographer, then moved to San Francisco in 1977 where he was based as a freelancer. He has shot for many different publications, including National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian and The New York Times, and had many corporate clients as well.

  During that time, he also served as a freelance picture editor for the San Francisco Examiner, and many of the series of Day in the Life... books. He was also a picture editor on the books Christmas in America, Jews in America, One Earth, and The Power to Heal, all produced by the Day in the Life staff.

  He was Director of Photography of the Collins book Baseball in America, and edited Planet Vegas for the same publisher.

Since 1991, he has served on the faculty of the annual Missouri University Photo Workshop. In the Bay Area he was on the faculty of the Book Passage Travel Photography workshop for seven years, and he has taught three photography workshops through He has participated in four Photography at the Summit workshops in Jackson Hole and Colorado Springs.

  He has also taught photojournalism as an extension course for the University of California, Berkeley. He has also served as a judge for several competitions, including Pictures of the Year; Best of Photojournalism; College Photographer of the Year; Women’s Conference on Photojournalism; and the Western Magazine Publishers Maggie awards.

 He has had a one-man show at the iWitness Gallery in Portland.

 He is a member of NPPA and ASPP.

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