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Emily Frances Olson


New York, NY



Q: What song do you play on repeat?

A: Currently, I've been listening to 'Motion Sickness' by Phoebe Bridgers on repeat!

Q: What's the best way to start the day?

A: A ten-minute walk outside and an ice coffee.

Q: What are you most looking forward to this year?

A: Taking on meaningful photography projects, connecting with people in person, and traveling more.

Q: What is the most impactful project you've worked on and why.

A: I had the opportunity to photograph for Architectural Digest on a story that my sister, Katherine Olson wrote. The project took us to upstate NY where we connected with Andrew Joseph and his beautiful garden. This was the ideal project for me - working with those I love and photographing environmental portraits of fascinating people.

Q: Which art/photo exhibit that you've seen has impacted you the most?

A: I was fortunate enough to see Robert Frank's The Americans, at The MET years ago. His photos were some of the first street photography images I was introduced to, and I immediately fell in love with this collection. Any time I feel a bit uninspired, I always go back to The Americans. He had a way of photographing people with empathy, humor, and sensitivity.

Q: What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to?

A: I am a bit of a true crime fan...would love to know what happened to Maura Murray so her family can get justice!

Q: What are some things you had to unlearn?

A: It is okay to say no.

Q: What fictional place would you most like to go?

A: There are too many real places I want to see in my lifetime!

Q: What book impacted you the most?

A: David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day. I was only about sixteen when I read this, and it showed me how life can be so many things all at once, just like good writing and a good photograph.

Q: What risks are worth taking?

A: Perhaps not always risky, but if you can travel, do it often and far.

Q: What do you spend the most time thinking about?

A: Countries I would love to visit.

Q: How has your work evolved over the past few years?

A: Over the last few years, I feel as though I am having more fun with my work again. In that I'm trying out more film cameras and I walk around with a camera even when I am not working. I seem to be getting back to a place where photography is exciting.


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