Olson is the founder of The Photo Society, a non-profit for National Geographic photographers with a goal to preserve thousands of their images through an online archive. His grant from the National Archives saved the Pictures of the Year collection. Olson is married to fellow photographer Melissa Farlow, with whom he frequently collaborates. They live in western Pennsylvania and Oregon.
“Although my stories focus on complex issues, my goal is to make images that contribute to and further the conversation. My hope if that you will look into someone’s eyes and understand who they are … what they are feeling and thinking.”