Photographer Gary Albertson calls himself “the luckiest unlucky guy in the world.” In 2010, after decades spent shooting the outdoors, he developed a rare form of glaucoma that has left him with little more than a circle of peripheral vision in each eye. But after some time away from the camera he’s come back stronger than ever, creating photography so stunning he’s attracted the attention of a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist.
KGW in Portland had a chance to catch up with Albertson:
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It was Albertson’s friend Dennis Schmidling who encouraged him to get back out there and do what he loves. It was also Schmidling that introduced Albertson to his friend Jay Mather, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist. As Mather puts it, “It has to be told, this is a story that has to be told.”
And tell his story they did. Their exhibit — which combines photos by Albertson with photos of Albertson taken by Mather — is currently drawing oohs and aahs at The Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health & Science University. Comments range from “I want to go where these places are” to “It’s as though [Albertson] sees more than the rest of us.” Looking at his photography, we think you’ll agree on both counts.