Olivia Arthur’s work concerns the issue of women and their role in society, particularly within Middle Eastern countries. Here, she captures a couple photographing themselves on their mobile phone in front of the Caspian Sea in Iran in 2007.


Photography is about being patient. I'm quiet, I watch the situation. I let things happen and photograph them when they happen; that's my approach

Olivia Arthur
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Olivia Arthur was born in London and grew up in the UK. She studied mathematics at Oxford University and photojournalism at the London College of Printing and began working as a photographer in 2003 after moving to India, where she was based for two and a half years.

She is known for her in-depth photography examining people and their personal and cultural identities. “For me, part of the power of still photography is the ambiguousness of pictures, the ability to give a hint about a scene or event without being too absolute,” says Arthur.

Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been included in institutional collections in the UK, USA, Germany and Switzerland.

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