This is a PSA-recognized, division-sponsored exhibition continuing the tradition of PTD's long-running theme exhibitions, formerly known as biennial or traveling theme exhibitions. Same as all other recognized exhibitions, it is open to members and non-members alike, and the members' acceptances count toward PJ star ratings and Who's Who. Ollie Fife strongly supported challenging PJ entrants with different themes and he ran many of these traditional exhibitions for the division, so it seemed an appropriate way to honor his memory.
Ollie Fife, FPSA. Born, Oliver E. Pfeiffer, April 2, 1912,
Middleton, Massachusetts. Died June 14, 1996, Alexandria, Virginia.
Ollie Fife, as we knew him, moved to New York City after
the 1929 Stock Market crash and worked for a Madison Avenue ad agency
before finding his niche in freelance photography. In WWII he became a
Navy Chief Photographer's Mate and designed and supervised the
construction of a photo laboratory on board the aircraft carrier USS
Sargent Bay from which he flew aerial photo missions. His career
included being a newspaper photographer for the New York Times, Sunday
Times & Travel Section, US Camera, Camera, Camera Craft, Ladies
Home Journal and the illustrated London News. After the war he moved to
Washington, DC, where he worked for the State Department, and as a
writer/photographer covered the White House, Capitol Hill, and the
Embassies. For the USIA International Press Service as a staff
photographer he documented State Visits of scores of foreign presidents,
vice presidents, and prime ministers as well as cultural and artistic
groups. He retired from the USIA in 1976 after more than 25 years of
service. In retirement he traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad
pursuing his lifelong interest in photography. Ollie was a Fellow of the Photographic Society of America and active in many of its services and activities, including ten years as Photojournalism Division News Editor, author of many feature articles for the Journal, and a lecturer at many PSA conferences. He was also involved in mentoring, judging competitions, and presenting programs throughout the DC area.
Information will be posted for the next Ollie Fife Theme Exhibition, to be held in 2020, when it is available. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org