Edward Olive – fine art photographer & international destination wedding photographer
Email: info@edwardolive.com
Web: http://ping.fm/z88LT

Edward Olive

Recent Awards

2010 Finalist and Gold Honorable Mention in The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards - The Dominant Colour Contest with the picture "Young Lady goes thru door".

2260 images were received from 38 countries including Argentina, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, United States, and Venezuela

2010 Finalist and Bronze honorable mention in The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards - Urban & country landscape contest with his “Hotel swimming pool”
With over 5,200 images received from 39 participating Countries: Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, United States, Venezuela, and Vietnam

2010 International Photography Awards.

The 2010 International Photography Awards received nearly 15,000 submissions from 103 countries across the globe. IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, where the top three winners are announced at the annual Lucie Awards gala ceremony. The Foundation's mission is to honor master photographers, to discover new and emerging talent and to promote the appreciation of photography. Since 2003, IPA has had the privilege and opportunity to acknowledge and recognize contemporary photographers' accomplishments in this specialized and highly visible competition.

3rd place Advertising: Book Cover pro category with the cover for Italian novel by Lucia Tilde Ingrosso – “Io so tutto di lei".

Honorable Mention in Fine Art - Nudes category for the winning entry "Private collection"

Honorable Mention in Fine Art - Still Life category for the winning entry "Light on tables"

Honorable Mention in People - Other category for the winning entry "People - Trains"

Honorable Mention in Nature - Flowers category for the winning entry "Poppies"

Honorable Mention in People - Lifestyle category for the winning entry "Winter surfer"

Honorable Mention in Advertising - Annual Report category for the winning entry "GFMS Annual Platinum Survey 2010"

2010 Selection of the Hasselblad Masters in the category Beauty & fashion with a series of fine art analog erotica

2010 - Fourth Place Award in the ARTROM Gallery, Rome, Italy’s TOPTEN Split Second Impulse International Photography Competition.

2010 - Telegraph.co.uk Daily Telegraph Photo competition: Sunshine was won by Edward Olive with his picture of poppies in Tuscany entitled “Composition in reds and browns” taken from his book of flower photography entitled “Seasons” edited by Citypulse in Santiago de Chile

2009 - Edward Olive has been selected as one of ten finalists in the Wedding Social category of the Hasselblad Masters Competition. The Hasselblad Masters Award is the most prestigious awards in the industry, each year celebrating the best in both established and rising photographic talent. Masters Awards are given in recognition of a photographer’s contribution to the art of photography and are judged on overall photographic ability, encompassing creativity, composition, conceptual strength, and technical skill. Past Masters include both renowned artists of international standing as well as promising newcomers in a wide range of fields and discipline"

The 2009 Masters Jury consists of Efrem Raimondi, Anton Corbijn, Joachim Ladefoged, Steve McCurry, Danqing Wen, Tim Flach, Guillaume Cuvillier, Hasse Persson, Xie Mo, Douglas Kirkland, Ian Farrell, Thomas Gerwers, Howard Bernstein, Peter Bialobrzeski, and F.C. Gundlach."


2009 – First prize of the Jury of PHE PHotoEspaña in their competition "Otoño al aire libre"

Note: PHotoEspaña - the International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts of Madrid, began in 1998 and has now evolved into a celebrated photography forum. The Festival’s program gives the general public and specialists a chance to see extraordinary works created by the most prestigious Spanish and international image-makers. In the past decade, over 600 exhibitions have been presented in museums, art centres and galleries, which have attracted more than half a million visitors each year, making PHotoEspaña the largest cultural event in Spain and an important stop on the international art circuit.

2009 - Finalist International Photography Awards – category –professional wedding
“2009 International Photography Awards Announces Winners of the Competition
Edward Olive was awarded in the International Photography Awards Competition. International Photography Awards (IPA) has announced the winners of 2009's competition.
Edward Olive was Awarded: Honorable Mention in People - Wedding category for the winning entry "Real wedding photos."

The 2009 International Photography Awards received nearly 18,000 submissions from 104 countries across the globe. IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, where the top three winners are announced at the annual Lucie Awards gala ceremony. The Foundation's mission is to honor master photographers, to discover new and emerging talent and to promote the appreciation of photography. Since 2003, IPA has had the privilege and opportunity to acknowledge and recognize contemporary photographer's accomplishments in this specialized and highly visible competition. www.photoawards.com”

2008 - First prize in the analog photography competition “Mi mejor positivado” de La Fotografía / Kodak Spain

Recent exhibitions

2010 - III EXPO ESREC "El agua despertando a la primavera" in the nature museum Valle del Alberche, el Barraco Ávila Spain – Collective exhibition – nature and landscape photography

2010- FOTOX1000 II Futurspectives Rome Italy Collective exhibition – fine art photography

2010 - Citypulse Sensual - Galería Moro - Santiago de Chile – Collective exhibition

2010 - Citypulse por Chile Citypulse for Chile - Galería Moro - Santiago de Chile – Collective exhibition – fine art photography

2009 - Hasselblad Masters 2009 – Copenhagen, London, New York, Hong Kong,– Collective exhibition – wedding photography

2009 - Citypulse Stop making sense (lomography) - Galería Moro - Santiago de Chile – Collective exhibition – lomographic photography

2009 - Citypulse Biosphere Biosfera - Galería Moro - Santiago de Chile – Collective exhibition – urban photography

2009 - Photoespaña PHE “El agua de Madrid” – Madrid - Collective exhibition – fine art photography

2008 - “Rioja en los Sexto Sentidos” – Bodegas Franco Españolas – La Rioja - Collective exhibition –social photography

Publications by Edward Olive

2010 “Seasons” (Published by Citypulse Chile) – a collection of fine art analog flora and fauna photography.

By Edward Olive

Preview http://ping.fm/NuslL

Seasons evokes a photographic journey through the times of the year. From the first outbreaks and shades that bloom spring passing by the light and heat of the summer trough the cold darkness that strips the trees in fall and winter. The appetite for experimentation has led Edward Olive to achieve new dimensions in the artistic description of urban spaces, transforming a simple glimpse of nature in a work of art.

Also for 2011 soon to be published Citypulse Fine art photography book
City of women
Featuring work by photographers Andrew Knowles / Anna Morosini / Bogna Altman / Christer Johansen / Edmund Leveckis / Edward Olive / Erika Pham / Isabelle Marcelli / Jon Jacobsen / Michaela Knizova / Monika Drzazgowska / Ontoshiki / Patricio Suarez / Sasha Nikitin / Sebastián Utreras / Tommy Oshima / Viola Cangi
Preview: http://ping.fm/DH7VT

2010 IPA Annual book - a collection of fine art photography by various international artists published by International Photography Awards

2010 “Urban & country landscape” – a collection of fine art photography by various international artists published by The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards

2009 – “Private collection”

A private collection of the work of Edward Olive. Exclusively fine art female nudes and erotica, moments of intimacy in public and private, flashes of female sensuality taken in hotel rooms at night, private residences, public parks, beaches, lifts or wherever. Shot mainly on medium format film - color, black and white, negative & slide using the Hasselblad 500cm and Carl Zeiss t* lenses. Also used: 35mm compact and reflex cameras and the panoramic Hasselblad xpan. Shot exclusively using available light, without the use flashes or studio lighting. Available for online purchase from http://ping.fm/J4kXy

Publications featuring pictures

2010 - Carne Visual Arts Magazine, Aire Libre – Spanish travel magazine, El Mundo Yo Dona magazine, Outside magazine, the book “Everyman’s Marx” by Roger Gatham & Jake Davis

2010-2009 – Citypulse fine art photography magazines

2009 – Oui magazine – French bridal magazine – 3 page feature – wedding photography, La Fotografía digital y actual – Spanish photography magazine – 5 page feature – fine art erotica

2008 – La Fotografía social – Spanish photography magazine – 5 page feature – wedding photography

2006-7 – various Spanish music, urban culture & sports magazines including Serie B, Hip Hop Nation, Hipflow, Urban Fit, Gear Patrol

Television programs featuring pictures

20010-2008 Explorers Spanish TV travel program (Canal Nou & Punt 2)

Equipment used:

canon eos 5d mkii
canon eos 5d
35mm auto focus:
canon eos 1,
5 x eos 5 / ae2,
eos 300 / rebel
digital & 35mm auto focus lenses:
canon ef 85mm L f1.2 USM,
canon ef 50mm L f1.2 USM
canon ef 24mm L 1,4 USM ,
canon ef 14mm L 2.8 USM,
canon ef 70-200mm L f2.8 IS USM,
canon ef 180mm L f3.5 macro,
canon ef 24mm L tilt shift
canon ef 50mm 1.4 USM,
canon ef 50mm f2,5 compact macro,
canon ef 15mm f2,8 fisheye

Medium format
2 x hasselblad 500 c/m + carl zeiss planar 80mm f2.8 t*, carl zeiss biometar 50mm f4 t*, carl zeiss sonar 120mm f4 t* + a12/a24/a16
mamiya m645 + sekkor 80mm f1.9 + sekkor 50mm f2.8
rolleiflex + carl zeiss f3.5 biometar
pentacon six TL + carl zeiss 80mm f2.8, 50mm f4, 150mm f4
Other medium format cameras
afa isolette
agfa clack
lomo lubitel universal
pouva start
holga cfn
holga woca gcfn
certo certina
certo phott
halina 6-4 achromat
brownie cresta
diana camera (original) x2
35mm manual focus cameras
3x asahi pentax spotmatic II + full range of super takumar lenses
2x olympus om2, om40 + fast om lenses
3x minolta srt 202/203 + fast lenses
35mm zone focus cameras
lomo smena symbol
lomo smena 8m
lomo smena 8
35mm rangefinder cameras
kiev ttl
35mm auto focus compact/ point and shoot cameras
leica cm (fixed focus 40mm f2.8)
leica mini ii (fixed focus 35mm f3.5)
contax t2
contax tvs ii
olympus mju ii /stylus epic (fixed focus 35mm f2.8)
fujifilm natura black (24mm f1.9)
leica cm
contax t2
canon af 35 ml (40mm f1.9)
35mm zone focus compact/ point and shoot cameras
lomo lca (original)
leica cm (is also zone focus)
contax t2 (is also zone focus)
2x olympus xa-2
olympus xa-4
minox gt
35mm half frame zone focus compact/ point and shoot cameras
Olympus pen (35mm f2.8 lens half frame zone focus)
35mm fixed focus compact/ point and shoot cameras
vivitar ultra wide & slim


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 lists influences from William Claxton, 80’s iconic pop photographer Anton Corbijn, fashion photography guru Mario Testino, ex Magnum agency lone star Jean Loup Sieff, Bill Brandt, James A. Fox, modern day Magnum agency maestro Paulo Pellegrin, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt, Vogue, fashion and erotic icon Helmut Newton, Spanish underground artist Jordi Gual, the Observer newspaper’s Jane Bown, celebrity portrait photographer Platon and vintage jet set socialite reporter Slim Aarons. However he feels that more important than seeking same medium influences are other sources of inspiration whether other artistic media such as music, literature, dance o quite simply the world around us.

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