olivia arthur's bio

2007- Returned to London in February

Sguardi Altrove: In March my photographs from 'In the Name of God'
were exhibited as part of the International Women's Film Festival in
Milan www.sguardialtrove.org

Arts Foundation: In February I was a finalist for the 2007 Arts
Foundation grant in Photojournalism www.artsfoundation.co.uk

I am currently researching my work on a new project called 'Second
Generation' about young women from South Asian communities who have
grown up in London.

2006-2007 One year scholarship to Fabrica in Treviso, Italy
As part of my scholarship, I worked on a project called The
Middle-Distance, documenting the lives of women along the border
between Europe and Asia. This involved spending four months in Turkey,
Georgia and Azerbaijan researching, interviewing and taking

Pompidou: Work from The Middle-Distance was exhibited at the
Centre Pompiou in Paris as part of a Fabrica group show to commemorate
fourty years of Benetton (Fabrica's sponsor)

D Magazine: The work was also featured in D magaine in Italy
http://periodici.repubblica.it/d/?num=517 (p165-72)

Observer: One of the stories from this project (Tbilisi Women's
Psychiatric Ward) won third prize in the Observer Magazine's David
Hodge Award 2006 www.observer.co.uk/hodgeaward

2003-2006 Based in New Delhi, India

'eye-to-eye': In March 2004 I co-curated and participated in an
exhibition of eleven women photographers from India at the India
Habitat Centre in New Delhi.

The following year we toured the exhibiton to the festival of the
Rajasthani capital, Jaipur www.jaipurfestival.org

The half-widows of Kashmir: In February 2005 I started work on a
series of portraits of women in Kashmir who's husbands have
disappeared in the conflict. It was eventually commissioned published
by the Independent Magazine.

I covered many other assignments including:
- The Bangladesh Border (Independent Newspaper)
- Pakistan earthquake (IOM)
- Portrait of the Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh (The Times)
- The general elections (The Guardian)
- Slum Clearance in Delhi (The Observer)
- Forced marriages – (Scotland on Sunday Magazine)

In 2005 I was selected as one of Fujifilm India's SuperSix
Photographers this included a sponsorship from Fuji and a exhibition
that travelled to six cities in India.

In January 2005 I completed In the Name of God, a series of
portraits of a group of untouchables in central India whose protest
against the caste-system has led them to tattoo God's name all over
their faces and bodies. Pictures from this series were exhibited in
the Tom Blau Gallery in London in August 2005

From 2004 to 2006 I documened the river Yamuna in Delhi and the
lives of the people who live on its banks. These pictures were
exhibited in a solo show in Nature Morte Gallery in Delhi in March

1999-2003 Education

In 2003 I completed a postgraduate diploma in photojournalism from
the London College of Printing For my final project I documented the
lives of a North African community in the south of France where the
local mayor was a member of the National Front party.

In 2002 I graduated from Oxford University with an honours degree
in mathematics.

Whilst at Oxford I worked extensively for the student newspaper,
Cherwell, first as a photographer then as picture editor.

My work for Cherwell earned me the 2001 Guardian Student
Photographer of the Year award.

(c) Olivia Arthur, 2007