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Edward Olive is a professional fine art & international destination wedding photographer based out of Madrid Spain.
Edward Olive es un fotógrafo profesional especializado en fotografía artistica y fotos de boda residente en Madrid España.
Edward Olive – fine art photographer & international destination wedding photographer
Photographe de mariageMadrid Espagne. Hoochzeitsfotograf Spanien.
•2012 The Darkroom Gallery - The Human form – Honorable mention
•2011 Global Photo Awards Advertising Photography 2nd Place - Merit of Excellence
•2011 Global Photo Awards Advertising Photography 3rd Place - Honor of Distinction
•2011 Global Photo Awards Fashion Photography 2011 Judges Choice - Honorable Mention
•2011 Global Photo Awards Still Life Photography 2011 Judges Choice - Honorable Mention
•The New Camera Red Photo Contest Featured Image 2011
•5th Annual Photography Masters Cup Nominee in the Professional category: Nude 2011
•TeraBella Media photography contest “What Happens at Night” Merit Winner 2011
•First Prize in Wedding Photography and Second Prize in Portrait Photography in The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards WPGA August Contest/Pollux Awards 2011
•Runner Up in the Still Life category of the 2010 Project 2011
•2nd place award in the International Photography Awards in the category Fine Art - Nudes and Honourable mention in the categories Professional Wedding and Pet photography 2011
•First Prize in the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards May Contest Pollux Awards Portfolio Section - Professional Photographers Figure and Nude 2011
•Second Prize & Special Mention of the Jury in The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards 2nd Edition of the Black & White Competition in the category Nude & Figure 2011
•Runner Up Award in the Chasing The Light Juried Photography Pet photography Who’s your best friend? 2011
•Prix de Paris Px3 nominated Px3 Official Selection in the categories Portraiture/Wedding, Portraiture/Personality, Portraiture/Children, Press/People/Personality, Fine Art/Nudes, Nature, Advertising/Book Cover, Advertising/Annual Reports and People's Choice First Prize in the category Advertising/Annual Reports, 2 Silver Awards in the categories Advertising/ Book covers and Nature and 2 Honourable Mentions in the category Fine art nudes 2011
•2nd Prize and 3rd Prize in The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards 2011 April Pollux Awards Contest in the category Figure and Nude 2011
•Honourable mention in The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards Best Shot Competition 2011
•3rd place winner in the ephotoawards.com art photography competition “Color Awards 2011”
•Special Mention of the Juror in The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards WPGA The Beauty Around Us Contest 2011
•Gold Award In the The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards (WPGA) Portrait & People 2011
•Runner Up in the Chasing the light - Landscapes – Beyond The Mundane Photo Competition 2011
•First prize in the professional wedding category of the 2010 WPGA The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards Annual Pollux Awards 2010
•Third place finalist in the photography competition V Concurso fotográfico FOTO DNG 2010
•Finalist in the WPGA Worldwide Photography Gala Awards / The Pollux Awards in the Professional Photographers categories: Children, Figure & nude, Macro & Micro, Still Life, Wedding 2010
•Nominated for the Premios Gràffica 2010
•Honourable mention in the category fine art nudes in PX3 Le Prix de la Photographie Paris 2010
•1st Place - Fantasy Outstanding Achievement award and the title of Fantasy Photographer of the Year in the Global Photo Awards 2010
•Winner of the Daily Telegraph Telegraph.co.uk Photo competition: Sunshine and winner of the The Daily Telegraph Photo competition: Forgotten 2010
•Finalist in The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards - Urban & country landscape contest and their The Dominant Colour Contest 2010
•Selection of the Hasselblad Masters in the category fashion & beauty 2010
•International Photography Awards 3rd place prize in the Advertising : Book Cover pro category with his cover for Italian novel by Lucia Tilde Ingrosso – “Io so tutto di lei" and honourable mentions in the categories Fine Art - Nudes, Fine Art - Still Life, People - Other, Nature - Flowers, People - Lifestyle and in Advertising - Annual Report category for the winning entry "GFMS Annual Platinum Survey" 2010
•Fourth Place Award in the ARTROM Gallery, Rome, Italy’s TOPTEN Split Second Impulse International Photography Competition 2010
•Nominated as finalist in the International Photography Awards and finalist in the wedding & social category of the Hasselblad Masters 2009
•First prize of the Jury of PHotoEspaña PHE in their competition "Otoño al aire libre" 2009
•Winner of the analogue photography competition “Mi mejor positivado” organised by photography magazine La Fotografía and Kodak Spain 2008
•2012 The Darkroom Gallery, Vermont USA – Collective exhibition - The Human form
•The Collective art photography exhibition Third edition of Fotox1000, the largest photo exhibition in FotoGrafia 42, the International Festival of Photography of Rome 2011
•The collective contemporary photography exhibition “Shut up and shoot” at the Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon USA 2011
•The Kid Stuff collective exhibition of child portraits and photojournalism in the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles California USA 2011
•The Hasselblad Masters 2009 exhibitions in Copenhagen, London, New York & Hong Kong 2010
•Citypulse exhibitions, "Biosphere", "Stop Making Sense" in 2009 and "Por Chile" and "Sensual" in the Galería Moro in Santiago (Chile) 2010
•The collective exhibition of nature and landscape photography III EXPO ESREC "El agua despertando a la primavera" in the nature museum Valle del Alberche, el Barraco Ávila Spain 2010
•FOTOX1000 II Futurspectives 2010 in Rome Italy, a collective exhibition of fine art photography 2010
•PHotoEspaña PHE 2009 “El agua de Madrid” in Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, Spain 2009
•“Rioja en los Sexto Sentidos” in Bodegas Franco Españolas, La Rioja (Spain) 2008
His pictures have been featured in numerous newspapers, art, photography, bridal, music and urban culture, fitness & sports magazines including El Mundo Yo Dona, CFYE photography & street art magazine, Strongbox magazine, Hyde Park Photography Magazine, Anormalmag, Snapixel magazine, French photography review Le Negatif mag, Spanish La Fotografía Digital y Actual, La Fotografía Social, Carne Visual Arts Magazine, Citypulse, Serie B, Hip Hop Nation, Hipflow, Urban Fit, Oui magazine, Outside Magazine, Gear Patrol and Aire Libre. His photography has been included in various books inluding the IPA Lucie Foundation Annual Book of Photography in 2011 and 2010, the Citypulse Fine art photography book "City of Women" and Unlimited Grain Portraits from THIAPS, The International Analogue Photographic Society; Life is a Bed of Roses - The 2010 project with Macmillan Cancer Support - foreword by Tony Benn. In 2009 the first book of his photography was published "Private collection" featuring a series of his analog fine art erotica. His pictures have also been used as books covers including the crime thriller by Australian writer Peter Temple "Mediator", the novel by Lucia T. Ingrosso "Io so tutto di lei" and for the 2010 annual Gold Survey and Platinum Survey published by GFMS and included in “Everyman’s Marx” by Roger Gatham & Jake Davis.
“Uno de los más prestigiosos fotógrafos, y flamante ganador del World Photography Gala Awards 2010, en fotografía de bodas.”
“Número uno de la fotografía de bodas en España. Edward Olive es un talentoso y multipremiado fotógrafo que realiza un trabajo único en esta materia, tanto a nivel de su técnica como de su arte.”
Edward Olive – fine art photographer & international destination wedding photographer
Edward Olive is a Fine Art photographer based out of Madrid, Spain.
Edward Olive was a commercial litigation lawyer in London & Paris until throwing in the towel to pursue his more artistic interests. Edward got into photography by chance only in 2005 when he purchased his first camera, an entry level digital reflex Canon 350d to shoot his own actor’s book on a tripod with remote control. Finding he enjoyed the experience he started shooting actor and musician friends and the people living and working in his neighborhood Chueca (Central Madrid’s equivalent of Soho or Le Marais).
Dissatisfied with the focused perfection of modern digital images and seeking an alternative look for his pictures he started adapting analog lenses (he extracted from broken old cameras with a large metal hammer we understand) onto his digital reflex using masking tape and built DIY lighting from microphone stands, disco lights and Kelvin correction gelatin discarded by technicians on his acting jobs.
In autumn 2006 he bought his first film camera, a 1980’s Russian point-and-shoot (a cult Lomo LCA) using some very expired color film they were throwing out of the local photography store. Delighted with the dreamlike qualities and vintage colors, he hasn’t looked back. He continues to shoot almost exclusively analog cameras, still preferring the oldest expired film he can find, shunning the contemporary digital post-produced Photoshop look of current commercial and fashion photography, in favor of the grittier, earthier, unpredictability of expired film whether color negative, slides, black & white or Polaroid type instant film. Edward freely admits that it wasn’t until he bought his first Hasselblad in 2007 (the classic V series 500c/m with Carl Zeiss lenses) that he really found his instrument of choice. He still uses other cameras for reasons of variety, speed, ultra fast lenses or the discretion and convenience of a 35mm compact camera but takes a pair of V series Hasselblad 6×6 cameras, Mamiya M645 1000s and wheelie bag loaded with 120 & 220 film backs and inserts, as he says, when he really means business.
Edward’s pictures range from street photography to nudes, often combining his location wedding travel to shoot personal projects inspired by the new places and people, admitting he still takes more photos for himself just for fun than he does to try and sell later to clients, taking some consolation from the new ideas that come from expression, reinvention and experimentation, free from any commercial pressures, that can later be applied at work to put food on the table. Edward aims to project in his work the contrasts and contradictions that exist within him and within people in general. He wears Italian silk suits to work but takes some shots that step out of line. He uses perhaps the world’s best cameras and lenses yet feeds at times them with the worst Chinese made “black & white” film that has in reality neither black nor white dreamy red blurred images. A combination of the perfect public image and internal private thoughts that combine to make up the people we are, conforming and breaking society’s norms. His aim is to one day attain the vocal control of Pavarotti yet to turn it on its head “Sex Pistols style” refusing to sing correct notes.
Ironically Edward has said from his earliest years he never wanted to get married himself, even admitting that just seeing the grooms standing at the front of the cathedrals with everyone looking gave him a cold sweat until photographic matters got him back to thinking shutter speeds on the little kids running around at the back of the congregation and the inadvertent rising up of female guests’ dresses. Recently there has been a slight softening of his hard line, stating that if he ever did get hitched it would be as Elvis in Las Vegas with the bride as Marilyn on YouTube with only one photo taken, preferably of the bride and preferably without all her clothes, which would be the role of the only guest.
Artistically Edward Olive lists influences that include:
Music, portrait and commercial photographers Anton Corbijn, Annie Liebowitz, Linda McCartney
Music photographers William Claxton, Andy Summers (The Police)
Fashion,commercial and portrait photographers: Rankin, Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, Herb Ritz, Paulo Roversi, Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Jean Loup Sieff, Guy Bourdin, Sante d’Orazio, David LaChapelle, Mary McCartney, Arthur Elgort, Norman Seeff, Scavullo, Bryan Adams (the also musician),
1960’s British fashion and advertising photographers David Bailey, Brian Duffy, Terence Donovan, Lord Snowdon, Lord Lichfield,
French fashion, advertising and nude photographers Jean Loup Sieff, Guy Bourdin
French portrait studio Studio Harcourt and the film noir Hollywood portraiture
Surrealist photographers Man Ray, Andreas Feininger
Earlier fashion and portrait photographers such as Norman Parkinson, John Deakin, Horst, Clifford Coffin, John Deakin, Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Erwin Blumenfeld, Edward Steichen
Contemporary portrait photographers: Nigel Parry, Platon, Cambridge Jones, Andy Gotts, Dan Winters, Simon Annand, Albert Watson,
Fashion, portrait and nude photographers Helmut Newton (and June “Alice Springs” Newton), Araki, Robert Mapplethorpe,
Classic portait & reportage photographers Mary Ellen Mark, Eve Arnold,
British portrait and reportage photographers Jane Bown, Terry O’Neill, Harry Benson,
Renowned photojournalists Robert Doisneau, Robert Capa and Cornell Capa, Robert Frank, Elliott Erwitt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Don McCullen, W. Eugene Smith, Gordon Parks, Magnum Agency, Life Magazine, Eugene Atget, Sefton Samuels, James A. Fox, Bruce Davidson, Martin Parr, , Philip Jones Griffiths, Paolo Pellegrin, Slim Aarons, Martine Franck,
Still life photographer Chema Madoz
Underground photographer Alberto Garcia Alix
Darkroom master printers and photographers Ansel Adams and Castro Prieto
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- JoinedAugust 2006
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Thank you, just thank you for what you are doing .. Your photos are just great! .. I can see it, feel it, enjoy it .. and the best is I can do it whenever I want :) Wielkie dzięki . Michał
Edward is one of the most talented -- and versatile -- photographers I've found here on Flickr. It is always a pleasure to wander through his latest shots.
A finer photographer/artist you will struggle to find. A man with true vision and an eye for the moment, capturing people and shapes in light like never seen before. Thank you Edward for allowing us a peep through your incredible eyes.
Dear Edward, I am 50, never been married, do not even wish to ever be married ... But, If I was forced to... as a consolation I wish you to be the Photographer... :) Your work is a Monument! with kind regards, Carlos
Tu galería es Espectacular...
his pictures are mini-marvelous miracles. he blows my mind. so beautiful and magical. he brings out the essence in the mundane and heightens the spectacular. he rocks. i still can not get enough of his photos his eye is masterful. if i were a female i would make him my other. he is absolute
Every piece of his work displays intricate and beauty of the basics of life- A master of our time.
For sure one of the most stubbornly talented guys I know on flickr. Edward, you'll be a star and you already know it! ;)
I absolutely adore and love Edward's work - so original, so creative, so beautiful, so inspiring. I think that every wedding should be portrayed on film exactly the way Edward does it. Definitely one of the best, if not the best photostream on flickr for me.
enorme Edward, altísima calidad en sus fotos una de mis mayores inspiraciones en cuanto a galerias fotograficas estilo increible, grandes resultados alguien de quien aprender, me encantaria verlo trabajar
Somos contacto desde hace tiempo, y cada vez me ha ido gustando mas tu estilo tan particular y tus fotografías. Acabo de leer tu entrevista y... Crack, Enhorabuena!
Me ha impresionado su idea de la fotografía, tan particular, con tanta personalidad. Me ha maravillado francamente. Es Vd un artistazo.
hats off with respect
the inspiration for the next of my photography journey...... Edward Olive genius ... respect!!!
Edward is testament to what creativity can do when allowed to be less than perfection as defined in our increasingly binary/diital age. His photos are self evidently the work of non-mechanical mind and we are all the richer for his unwillingness to embrace the digital age. I am myself a very guilty one of many, Edwa… Read more
Edward is testament to what creativity can do when allowed to be less than perfection as defined in our increasingly binary/diital age. His photos are self evidently the work of non-mechanical mind and we are all the richer for his unwillingness to embrace the digital age. I am myself a very guilty one of many, Edward remains defiant. Enjoy his photos and be amazed. SeanRead less
One of the great photographers of today... Such a unique and wonderful amalgamation of photographs, psychedelia, and "wordature". Can you be my mentor, Edward?
cool photos! drop on my page :D write a comment as well. thank you very much :)
A stream of constant inspiration. Edward Olive's photography is one of my favorites here on Flickr.
The only stream I make a point of visiting every day without fail - perhaps that says it all. I would give my right arm to spend a day with you.
Absolutely, without a doubt, my favorite Flickr photographer.
edwardolive is pure magic... nothing more to say. best regards my friend
I appreciate your work, and your words (in your profile and in various articles) as it reminds me that I'm not crazy for believing what I believe, and choosing a life built in artistic obscurity. If I have to sit behind a desk 40 hours a week again, ever, I've given up again.
Edward is a true inspiration. His unique vision for capturing the real and honest moments that he encounters in his weddings and everyday life never fail to evoke a feeling. His photo stream inspires me to try harder and to also follow your own artistic vision rather than conform to what most of society want, expec… Read more
Edward is a true inspiration. His unique vision for capturing the real and honest moments that he encounters in his weddings and everyday life never fail to evoke a feeling. His photo stream inspires me to try harder and to also follow your own artistic vision rather than conform to what most of society want, expect and tell you is good. I admire the way he produces such amazing works of art in what can be such a shallow minded profession (wedding photography). I hope to see his work displayed in a gallery some time soon, he truly deserves it.Read less
I see your work as the most unaccountable thing of sorts... always buzzing, humming, soaring, roaring, diving, and then buried in thoughts...I wonder why and guess its just something that you are very good at and Edward you are truely an artist with great passion.......
...absolutely stunning work my friend...
Fascinated by this work, artistic, impressive and giving creative thinking, yes, something called ART
In a nutshell, Ed is a modern day master of photography with an astonishing eye for beauty, from hip, sexy reportage through to soothing, psychedelic, ambient-blad. His work opened my eyes to stills photography even more than the 20th century greats I adore. Start at page one of his stream and work forward through ti… Read more
In a nutshell, Ed is a modern day master of photography with an astonishing eye for beauty, from hip, sexy reportage through to soothing, psychedelic, ambient-blad. His work opened my eyes to stills photography even more than the 20th century greats I adore. Start at page one of his stream and work forward through time, it is a dazzling journey, effortlessly original and the epitome of cool style, he photographs with the freshness and vision of a 60s European new wave cinematographer. Should lead a globe-trotting Testino lifestyle but is, for now, a cult underground superhero. Stick at it man !Read less
maker. . . creator. few photographers deserve either appellation. not so edward, who merits both: he is the consummate visual craftsman and his site an homage to the highest, most transcendent of artistic impulses.
... peter frampton could make his guitar talk, but edward olive can make his cameras tell stories! ... and each image has so much to say ... and that is what edward olive is, a genius storyteller ... woke up this morning with a hasselblad in my hand ... must have been a dream i don't believe where i've been ... co… Read more
... peter frampton could make his guitar talk, but edward olive can make his cameras tell stories! ... and each image has so much to say ... and that is what edward olive is, a genius storyteller ... woke up this morning with a hasselblad in my hand ... must have been a dream i don't believe where i've been ... come on eddie, you wanna do it again? ... do you, do you, do you feel like we do? ... please do it again.Read less