Important Works

Master Storytelling: Icebound, by Richard and Christine Olsenius

Geoff Pope; Photo by Richard Olsenius

Geoff Pope; Photo by Richard Olsenius

I’m fortunate to call Richard Olsenius a dear friend, for he is both a wonderful human being, and one of the most profoundly talented and accomplished storytellers in America. A former World Press Photo winner, National Geographic photographer and editor, filmmaker, composer and musician, he sees, hears and feels the world with open and empathetic eyes and ears. He is a minstrel of both image, word and note, producing myriad visions, endless poems and countless scores, but even the most accomplished essayist has an epic.

The tale of the Sheila Yeates is Richard’s, and it is riveting.

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Want to know what it’s like to be a student in Ireland? Click the link below to find out.

I’m promoting the blog of one of my senior advisees at Hastings College, who is both a stellar student and fun young adult. Kit is also currently in Ireland as one of Hastings College’s Fellows for 2014, and she’s working for Salmon Publishing as an intern. Read all about it–it’s a nice narrative from a good student who’s really going places!

Publishing Kit in Ireland >

Sam Abell Makes Time (Literally!)


Sam Abell’s photographs are featured at Time magazine.

One of the great honors of my life is that I have been fortunate enough to have Sam Abell as a close friend and mentor. A veteran of 40 stunning years of making photographs, including for National Geographic, Sam recently published the first volume in The Sam Abell Library, a four volume set detailing his life’s work. After such an illustrious career, one would think little honors were left–but not so. Time magazine has just published a full feature on the first volume of the library, including 25 photographs from the first volume. You can see the feature here.

PlainSky, Nebraskans: 25 Things I Want My Ranch Kids to Know

The more time I spend on ranches with folks, the more my respect grows for a lifestyle that is vanishing. A good friend of mine from western Nebraska sent me this today, and I think it plays into the PlainSky project most appropriately.

Keep reading after the jump–the author of the following list is onto something.

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Reviving Bourke-White: Jay Tyrell’s “Wind Army”

Wind Army, by Jay Tyrell

Wind Army, by Jay Tyrell

New work is hard to come by, but photographer Jay Tyrell’s new series, Wind Army, is featured at American Photo, and it is very, very fresh material. It’s reminiscent of Margaret Bourke-White’s industrialized themes of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Brilliant.