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Mustangs | Spirit of the Shrinking West

Mustangs | Spirit of the Shrinking West, National Geographic Magazine


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About Olson & Farlow

Melissa Farlow and Randy Olson are photojournalists in the documentary tradition. Even though they are published in LIFE, GEO, Smithsonian and other magazines, they have primarily photographed for the National Geographic Society on over 50 assignments that have taken them to 50 countries over the past 20 years.

They normally work individually, but have co-produced National Geographic Magazine stories on Northern California, National Parks and the Alps. They photographed a joint book project on the Southern United States and have collaborated on over 70 books with other photographers that are published by Collins Publishers, National Geographic and others.

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Random Journal Excerpt From a Remote Location

two guns under her skirt

Ibriham’s mother up until the time of her death carried two guns under her skirt… the second one was in case the first was taken away… her husband was killed by the Imam (priest) at the end of Ramadan… everyone was firing into the air and the Imam’s gun jammed, when he tried to clear it he accidentally fired and wounded her husband… she told the imam to pray her husband doesn’t die because if he did she would kill his only son…  The Imam told the Gendarme and 40 soldiers came to her house and threatened her with a body search…  They did find her illegal guns, but just the threat of body searching a woman in an Islamic country was enough for her case to be thrown out …