Corey Olsen

Aug 8th, 2017

Corey Olsen


Corey Olsen is a photographer from Maine currently based in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2014. His work has been exhibited internationally and nationally, most recently at Julie Saul Gallery in NYC following his first monograph “Garage Still Lifes”, with Silent Sound Books. His photography has been commissioned by, Bloomberg Businessweek, CR Fashion book, WWD, and New York Times Magazine.

Tell us about the images that we’re featuring?

This is a selection of photos from personal projects and commissioned work that I resized and saved for web.

How does social media affect you and your art?

Social media, such as early flickr and cool photoblogs, is one of the things that got me really into photography. So I’ve been making photos and posting them online since around 2005 or so. I lived in the middle of nowhere in Maine on an island and wanted to connect with people with similar sensibilities and interests. But now social media is a lot more muddy – a lot more corporate and it just doesn’t feel like it used to.

What are you working on right now?

I’m always working on several things but mainly I’m working on commissioned work. I pay more on student loans per month than most people pay for rent.

Why did you start taking photos?

This is always a weird question to answer. I almost feel like I’ve always been taking pictures. As a little kid I’d close one eye and line stuff up in my view a certain way that felt pleasing or arrange compositions when I was supposed to be cleaning my room. I was always super into taking photos with plastic Polaroid cameras. I got into photography more seriously when I took a photo class in high school. I did horrible in high school in all aspects. But when I took this photo class it clicked and I received praise for something for the first time.

Do your parents like your work?

I’ve mentioned this before but when I was making my Garage Still Lifes series my mom’s boyfriend at the time came into the garage and said I was wasting my talent taking photos of junk in the garage when I would be more successful if I took photos of hot bikini babes.

What was the worst reaction you have had to your work?

I have an old professor, Lyle Rexer who has shown my work in lectors he has done and he told me someone called my photos, stupid pictures of stupid subjects. Which we’ve both kind of been into.