Self portrait, London, 1976
David Olds began making photographs in 1969. During his college years, he worked with two exceptional mentors: British photo historian, Bill Jay at Arizona State University and Magnum photographer David Hurn at Newport College of Art and Design (Newport, Wales). He was greatly influenced by both of these accomplished teachers, photographers and authors.
For most of the last four decades, David has worked as an editorial photographer for a variety of news outlets, including United Press International. His photos have appeared in hundreds of newspapers, magazines and books worldwide. He has won numerous state, regional and national awards for his photography.
David’s documentary projects include “The British Seen,” about leisure time in Great Britain, “Outside the Walls,” about the plight of the mentally disabled and “Life in a New Land”, about the lives of Asian refugees new to America.
Over the years, David has lectured extensively about photography, directed a variety of workshops and held the position of Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Michigan State University.
As a photo gallery owner, David organized and presented exhibits ranging from Edward S. Curtis to W. Eugene Smith. His own work has been exhibited in a variety of galleries and exhibits over the years, most recently at the Library of Michigan.
Borrowing heavily from experiences throughout his career, David published his first novel, Bulldog Blues in 2014. He is currently working on a second novel and a collection of short stories.
David lives in East Lansing, Michigan with his wife and two sons.