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Olympus' 100th anniversary: know any 100-year-olds who want their picture taken?

Olympus' 100th anniversary: know any 100-year-olds? (Image: Adam Dembinski)
(Image credit: Adam Dembinski)

In October 2019, Olympus will celebrate its 100th birthday. And to commemorate its centenary, the company is looking for fellow centenarians to be part of its 100 Year Portrait Project.

Almost a century ago, the company we recognise as Olympus was founded by Takeshi Yamashita as a manufacturer of microscopes and thermometers. 

Expanding its expertise in medical grade optics to the world of imaging, Olympus is renowned today by the photographic industry for its pioneering work in mirrorless cameras.

To celebrate its own remarkable hundred-year journey, Olympus is commissioning its Ambassadors to take portraits of other hundred-year-olds born in 1918 and 1919 to be included in a book and photographic exhibition at its London art gallery. 

If you know anyone interested in the project, full details and an application can be found at the 100 Years of Olympus microsite. 

Olympus' centenary celebrations are expected to include the launch of a new camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M1X, which we expect to hear more about in early 2019.  

James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-PhotoDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show. An Olympus (Micro Four Thirds) and Canon (full frame) shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a particular fondness for vintage lenses and film cameras.