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Squamish, British Columbia
While many photographers hide the truth behind concept and technique, post-production and effects, Oli's images bristle with raw power. He has been pointing a camera at this world for over a decade and in that time has become one of the most prolific photographers in snowboarding. Eschewing tricks and trends in favor of craft, the self-taught Gagnon blends his passion for natural light, film and darkroom printing with digital formats he calls "shit." As a Senior Staff photographer for Snowboarder Magazine, Oli has shared his unique vision with millions of readers, further amplifying his own passion.
Whether hanging from the open doors of a helicopter in Alaska, wandering off-the-grid on assignment in Eastern Europe, or ripping alongside the riders on pow trips to Japan, this self-taught French Canadian is determined to expose snowboarding culture for what it really is. And what spills from his expansive vision forms a natural aesthetic: a realness almost too real, a purified and unapologetic visual commentary.