21.11.2011 in16:19 in Miscellaneous -->
Born 26 July 1973 in Danzig, and married with 2 children, Oliver began his career in photography working for Danish photographer Mads Madsen. “My years in training with Mads had a huge influence on my work. He taught me how to work creatively – both behind and in front of the camera lens,” recalls Oliver, who has been working as a freelance photographer since 1996. As a direct result of this method of photography, he focused his career on still life and food, bringing together two of his particular penchants. “As a young lad, I loved cooking. When I realised I could combine cooking and photography, it was something of a revelation,” he says. Several freelance assistance jobs followed for still life and food photographers. And with his feet firmly in the business, advertising shootings followed for various clients and for an ever greater range of products. If there’s one thing that’s important to Oliver, it’s variety. His topics and style can best be described as lavish and luxurious sometimes, and very straightforward and reduced in other instances. In short, Oliver Schwarzwald is a versatile photographer whose work takes advantage of a wide array of inspirations and influences to focus on what counts.
Today, he works for important advertising agencies in Germany, France and Eastern Europe. Based in Germany’s publishing industry capital, Hamburg, Schwarzwald also is also well versed in the art of editorial and has contributed to selected magazines in Germany and abroad. His references include international high-profile fashion and lifestyle magazines, such as Tush, Sleek, Viewpoint and Feld Hommes. Oliver Schwarzwald has won a wide array of prizes for his work, including a renowned Lead Award (gold) in 2004 in the “Still Life” category, the iF communication design award 2007 and in 2009 a KTR award in Poland (silver) for Atlas Estates. Schwarzwald sees his future developing his unique style of still life photography with content focusing on luxury, food and beauty.
Oliver Schwarzwald is listed in representations in Hamburg, Paris and Warsaw. This makes the photographer, whose role models include Tim Walker, and Irving Penn, international optimally networked.