Olivia Arthur

France, Paris Magnum Gallery

Olivia Arthur (1980, London) received a degree in mathematics from Oxford University in 2002 and a diploma in photojournalism from the London College of Printing in 2003. She joined Magnum Photos in 2008 as a nominee and became an associate in 2011. Arthur began her career as a photographer in 2003 after moving to Delhi and was based in India for two and a half years. In 2006 she left for Italy to take up a one-year residency with Fabrica, during which she began working on a series about women and the cultural division between East and West. This work has taken her to the border between Europe and Asia, to Iran and Saudi Arabia. She has recieved support from the Inge Morath Award, the National Media Museum, and the OjodePez-PhotoEspana Award for Human Values. In 2010 she co-founded Fishbar, a space for photography in London with Philipp Ebeling. Her first book Jeddah Diary, about young women in Saudi Arabia, was published in 2012. She continues to return to India - where her long-term work has been supported by a grant from the Fondation Jean-Luc Lagadere in Paris - and to work in her native London.