Famed ski photographer Jonathan “Selko” Selkowitz ’88 may have just shot his last season on the World Cup circuit.
With print publications facing challenges in the Internet era, money for editorial work has dwindled. “It’s been harder and harder to sell pictures of ski racing,” Selkowitz said.
But it’s been a magical journey. Selkowitz began pursuing photography after a serendipitous ski injury in 1992. Though he didn’t consider photography as a career at first, he soon became an assistant to a professional Jackson Hole photographer. “I realized how much intrinsic satisfaction I got from making compositions,” he said.
After a few difficult years with little paying work, his fortunes turned when he was asked to photograph the 1998 Nagano Olympics. Later he was hired as the official photographer for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, had a photo featured on the cover of Powder magazine, and in 2012 was named the International Ski Federation’s journalist of the year.
For more information, listen to an interview with reporter Angus Thuermer about the Selkowitz article.