Ollie Fie

2020 Ollie Fife Theme Exhibition

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.

2020 Ollie Fife
Conditions of Entry
Entry Form
Entry Status
Acceptance List

Theme for 2020 "Friends"


Entry closing   February 8, 2020
Entry judging   February 15, 2020
Report card   February 29, 2020
Catalog   April 25, 2020
Awards   April 25, 2020

Low Entry Fees $6 for one session, $8 for both

PSA Recognition PSA-2020-062

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Contact Information
Ollie Fife Projected Exhibition Chairman:
Valentina Sokolskaya, EPSA