Olympus marks its 100th birthday this year and to conclude various celebrations and events throughout the year they have joined up with individuals also celebrating this momentous landmark to create a unique portrait project.
Commissioning a group of Olympus photographers to take portraits of centenarians born in 1918 and 1919, the results have been showcased in a celebratory book and accompanying exhibition at the After Nyne Gallery in London’s Holland Park.
The exhibition Private View was a wonderful meeting of Centenarian family and friends, members of the Olympus team and Ambassadors and and even a few of the Centenarians themselves! The evening was a true celebration of Olympus and the photography which they have always pioneered along with these amazing people.
The exhibition consists of over 30 centenarians each with their own inspiring and humbling story, giving a small insight into just how much our older generation have given to their country and community.
All-in-all it was a great way to celebrate this great milestone for both the centenarians and Olympus and at the same time, highlighting the quality of the latest Olympus equipment for portrait photography.
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In March this year when my Granny turned one hundred years old, I put a picture of her on my Instagram with one of the hashtags being #100yearsold. Through the cyber magic of a hashtag, Olympus Cameras contacted me to tell me they were also turning 100 this year and to mark the occasion they were putting together a collection of photos of people & places also turning 100; culminating in an exhibition later in the year…. Long story short, they travelled to my Granny’s care home in Somerset to take the most beautiful & characterful photos of my Granny. Today, we got to see her portrait proudly hung as part of the ‘Celebrating Centenarians’ exhibition and although I don’t get to see her naughty little face in person anymore, I can’t think of a more fitting tribute. Cheers to you, Granny; you’re still centre of attention. 🖼♥️ . . . . #100yearsold #celebratingcenetarians #olympuscameras #afternynegallery #hashtag #marcusclackson #tribute #granny
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One day I got a message on Instagram from Marcus – an Olympus ambassador – who had seen my photos of Nan. Weeks later he was in her little room and capturing her smile and world beautifully 💝💜💖 Such a great photographer and what a lovely internet tale 😊 Enjoy the exhibition Marcus – and any London peeps do pop along if you’re in the area – sadly I’m away. Posted @withrepost • @marcusclackson Celebrating Centenarians. Excited to share a project I’ve been working on with @olympusuk along with some of my fellow Olympus Ambassadors. As Olympus reached 100 years this month we have marked the occasion with a set of portraits of amazing people all over the country who are also celebrating their 100th year! Their stories are inspiring and humbling and will be part of an exhibition from 30th Oct to 5th Nov @afternynegallery in Holland Park. If you’re free on the 31st and fancy coming to the PV please DM me and I’ll send an invite.Be great to see you! 📸 The exuberant Emma was born and bred in her beloved Portsmouth and grew up working in her father’s fishmongers . She always had a love for her community which has always given her a passionate love for people around her. She was sacked from her job at the local charity shop at the age of 73! for “selling the items too cheaply”. When asked what she thought the secret to her great age is, she replied “you have to look after people. Be kind to everyone and look out for them.” A lifelong ‘Pompey’ FC supporter she was given special treatment and an honorary mention and invited onto the pitch at her recent 101th birthday at one of the home matches. Everything she does is with laughter and happiness which is infectious and has to be one of the main reasons she has reached this amazing age with such style. A shining star! Happy Weekend All!