In 1988, motivated by Oregon’s landmark river legislation, Larry Olson began making photographs for a book to celebrate our rivers. Oregon Rivers, which joins his photographs of Oregon’s wild and scenic river system with essays by John Daniel, was published in 1997. Making these photographs provided Larry the opportunity for a long-term immersion in intimate landscapes.
"I made repeated visits to all of the fifty-six designated wild and scenic rivers in Oregon, hiking along (and often in) the rivers, roaming up and down the canyons and drainages surrounding them, and seeking to capture on film the contours and facets of landscape that make up a river system. I also kayaked and canoed many of the rivers in order to visit remote sections.
Oregon Rivers captures the beauty of Oregon's designated wild and scenic rivers. Landscape photographer Larry N. Olson and noted environmental journalist John Daniel have created a work of visual artistry and literary insight.
Noted environmentalist David Brower had this to say about Larry & John's book...
"I see from this book that Oregonians have been doing a good job of protecting wild rivers. You're rich with rivers. Some of them I know, and these photographs have shown me many others - many portraits of water's wildness and a fine variety of landscape sculpture, Northwest-style.
"You don't need it but will you take some advice from a Californian who has been around for a while? Cherish these rivers. Witness for them. Enjoy there unimprovable purpose as you sense it, and let those rivers that you never visit comfort you with the assurance that they are there, doing wonderfully what they have always done.
"Keep your rivers flowing as they will, and you will continue to know the most important of all freedoms - the boundless scope of the human mind to contemplate wonders, and to begin to understand their meaning."
David Brower, Former Sierra Club Director
"Oregon Rivers is a stunning tribute to the beauty and splendor of our state's incomparable rivers. From humble Joseph Creek in the Northeast corner of Oregon to the mighty Rogue River in the Southwest, these treasures are irreplaceable. For everyone who fishes, swims, floats, paddles, or daydreams in or around our rivers, this book offers inspiration to care for and preserve them for all of our citizens and for the generations to come."
John A. Kitzhaber, Governor of Oregon.
Additional thanks go out to John Laursen of Press-22, for his friendship, enthusiasm, advise and bookmaking skills which have been invaluable to me. He saw my photographs at the beginning and guided me through the end. I have admired his work for many years and I am proud to have had him design the book.