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Olivia became a freelance photographer in 2004, having studied Psychology at the University of Leeds and gained experience in documentary research and photographic publishing. Storytelling is at the centre of her work. For the past 5 years, Olivia’s commissions and independent projects have reflected her attitude that sharing individual narratives sheds light on wider socio-political situations.
Through her work with international charities and NGOs she creates powerful stand alone/‘banner ’ imagery and compelling photofilms
Recent work includes projects for:
The Testimony Project, London
Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, London
(this appeal just raised over 1 million pounds with money still coming in)
Coaching for Hope, South Africa
Medical Action Myanmar, Myanmar (Burma)
“Olivia is more than an excellent photographer; she is a collaborator, an activist and a teller of stories more compelling than a one hour documentary and more visually stunning than a Turner prize. Her enthusiasm, humility and dedication to her subject matter has given us a resource which speaks volumes about our work in a way which captures the imagination and the heart of the viewer”
Jane Cater, Coaching for Hope.
In her personal work, Olivia is particularly drawn to the idea of ‘home’ and what it means to different people, particularly those who have been displaced.
You can’t tell a story quickly. It takes time, especially if it is someone else’s story. And once someone has trusted you with their story you need to take great care of it. Above all, keep truth at the heart of it.-Olivia Mann
She is currently working on compiling a book of images with Olivia&Alison that tells the story of the incredible, pioneering women who have changed the face of Women’s Football in England.
Olivia lives in Hackney, London
-Shortlisted for Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2011
-Selected for Portrait Salon 2012
-In 2012 ‘The Footballers’ exhibited at:
Manchester Epitaph Stadium
Coventry Lanchester Gallery
-‘The Footballers’ exclusive podcast for The Times, 2012
-Contributed to a Radio 4 documentray, Smile- a history of smiling in imagery, 2012.