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Red Door Video Productions was founded to pursue the interest of its principals. Olga's interests are Central Asia and in the changes after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Cliff is interested in documenting the effects of technology on rapidly changing formerly remote indigenous cultures.



Professional Experience:

  • Founder, Red Door Video Productions, April '98-present

  • Photo Editor, Associated Press San Francisco bureau, Aug. 95 - April 98

  • Photo Editor/ Photographer, A.P. Moscow bureau, Oct. 93 - Aug. 95

  • Staff Photographer, A.P. San Francisco base, Aug. 90 - Oct. 93

  • Freelance photographer in San Francisco Bay Area, Jan. 88 - Aug. 90

  • Staff Photographer, Daily News of Los Angeles, 1986-1988

  • Staff Photographer ,Orange County Register, 84 - 86

  • Registered Nurse, Critical Care Services - 1976 1984 (license still active)



Awards and Recognition:

  • 1998 Soros Foundation Grant for video documentary The Collapse of the Soviet Union and its Effect on Women

  • Pulitzer Prize 92 -- A.P. Moscow team coverage of the 91 Moscow coup and dissolution of the Soviet Union

  • Pulitzer Prize runner-up 96 --A.P. team entry for photo coverage of the War in Chechnya.

  • National Headliner Award, Second Place, 94 -- Spot News Photography

  • Overseas Press Club of America Best Photographic Reporting award 93 for Coverage of the Russian Uprising.

  • 51st Annual Pictures of the Year Competition, Award of Excellence 93 for Russia: Taking a Hard Line

  • 53rd Annual Pictures of the Year Competition, 3rd Place Global News award 95 for Chechnya Children at Play.

  • Participant Photographer: Day in the Life of California, Jews In America, & Christmas in America photo books.



Ph.D. Cornell University; January, 1973 
M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology; June, 1970 
B.S. Cornell University; June, 1968 

Professional Experience

  • 2000 - present: principal, Red Door Video Productions, focus on video archiving of rapidly changing indigenous cultures

  • 2000 - present: founder,, a non-profit with the goal of bringing smartphone technology to seniors aging in place

  • 2000 - present: founder, real estate development and management businesses

  • 1976 - 2000: founder, businesses related to travel, transportation services, and computer software

  • 1986-1999: Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley

  • 8/78 - 1/80 Associate Professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

  • 9/75 - 6/78 Visiting Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley

  • 6/73 - 9/75 Asst. Professor, Princeton University; Princeton, NJ

  • 8/72 - 6/73 Assistant Professor, Cornell University


Professional Awards:
First Prize, 1973 Annual Dissertation Competition, awarded by the Transportation Science Section of the Operations Research Society of America

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