MEET OLYMPUS VISIONARY LARRY C. PRICE
WHO ARE YOU?
I’m Larry Price and I’ve been an Olympus Visionary Photographer since 2003 after my first digital shoot with the Olympus E-20 camera on the epic book project, A Day in the Life of Africa. I was working in newspapers at the time and had yet to make the transition to digital photography. After the Africa project, I was hooked on digital and loved the innovations Olympus brought to the table. Right now, you’re most likely to find me on a long-haul flight to Asia where I’m working on several long-term projects on environmental pollution and climate change.
WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WERE A PHOTOGRAPHER?
I took my first serious photo when I was nine. I remember thinking about the composition of a woodland scene during a vacation. I became a serious photographer in 9th grade after my father bought me a little home darkroom kit and taught me the basics of film developing and contact printing. I was hooked!
In high school, I took journalism as a way to get my pictures in the school newspaper. The strategy stuck and I became interested in photography as a story-telling medium. In college, I decided to major in journalism and continued my photography. Eventually, I decided to specialize in photojournalism, which has been my career path. I had to great fortune to study with Gary Winogrand in the mid-70s as an undergraduate at the University of Texas. Gary was a street photographer with an amazing off-the-cuff style that was a nice contrast to the discipline necessary to be a newspaper photojournalist. I like to think Gary help me to establish a distinctive style early on.
How did you get started with the Olympus system?
I’ve used most major brands of photographic equipment over the years but when I went digital in 2002, Olympus was already innovating. I love their small, compact cameras––perfect for traveling light.
What’s your go-to Olympus setup?
I often work alone, so it’s important to think carefully about my kit. If I can’t carry it on the plane, it doesn’t go. In my bag you will find an E-M1X, an E-M1 Mark III, an M.Zuiko 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO zoom and 17mm F1.2 PRO prime lens.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A MEMBER OF THE OLYMPUS FAMILY?
Olympus has been a fantastic supporter of the type of work I do. Their corporate ethos is quality and responsibility. They are tuned in to the power of humanistic photography understand the importance of great images that speak truth to power.
TIPS FOR OTHER BUDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS
I always advise emerging photographers not to over-think an image. It’s important to just go out and shoot what interests you on a personal level…that’s the essence of art. I encourage young photographers to trust their eyes and shoot from the heart. I also think it’s important to assemble a small kit of gear¬–a body and perhaps two lenses and learn what the pieces are capable of. Too much gear equals too many choices. Too many choices clouds one’s vision.
TIPS FOR OTHER PRO PHOTOGRAPHERS
What a good tip for pro photographers? I love it when commercial photographers continue to stretch and try new approaches. I’m known for my available light work but I try to use lights on occasion. I’ve seen lighting masters tremble at the thought of working with available light. It’s important to mix it up!