ABOUT

Olivier Robert is a professional photographer born in 1970, Belgium.

His approach is based on a minimalist expression for more than 25 years. Initiated very early to photography and dark room process, he got his first camera at the age of 15. At that time, he also discovered Asia. This intense experience has drastically influenced his way of life and his vision of the world. From then on, the traditional Asian painting and philosophy have been his main sources of inspiration.

In 1994, he graduated from the Institute of Landscape Architecture in Belgium and left his native country for Switzerland. As he arrived in the Lake Geneva region in 1995, he started a long-term project about the lake. After a long experience in studio and commercial photography, he decided in 2004 to devote his time almost exclusively to landscapes photography.

For his continuous projects as well as family reasons, he has divided his life between Europe and Japan for many years. He often gets thoroughly across the 47 prefectures of Japan looking for specific landmarks which convey timelessness, simplicity and sometimes mystery. This approach has led him to the most remote places of the archipelago, through mountains, temples and shrines. With his wife (Japanese blogger), he has also carried out a project on the Buddhist statuary and sacred sites for years.

His photographs have been frequently published and worldwide exhibited in galleries or museums. He is also a winner and finalist of multiple international photography awards.

  • 3 Honorable Mentions at the Monochrome Awards 2018. London, UK.

  • Bronze Medal at the Tokyo International Foto Awards (TIFA) 2018. Tokyo, Japan.

  • 2nd Place, Silver Star Medal at the ND Photography Awards 2018. London, UK.

  • 4 Nominations at the Black & White Spider Awards 2018. Beverly Hills, USA.

  • 3 Honorable Mentions at the International Photography Awards 2018. Los Angeles, USA.

  • 2nd Place of the Monovisions Photography Awards 2018. London, UK.

  • 2 Honorable Mentions at the Monovisions Photography Awards 2018. London, UK.

  • Finalist of the Black & White Contest 2018 by Dodho Magazine. Barcelona, Spain.

  • Gold Medal at the Prix de la Photographie Paris 2018. Los Angeles, USA.

  • 3rd Prize Winner at the Prix de la Photographie Paris 2018. Los Angeles, USA.

  • 1st Prize, 2 Gold Medals at the Moscow International Foto Awards 2018. Moscow, Russia.

  • 2nd Prize & 3rd Prize, Silver & Bronze Medals at the Moscow International Foto Awards 2018. Moscow, Russia.

  • 1 Honorable Mention at the Moscow International Foto Awards 2018. Moscow, Russia.

  • 3rd Prize Winner of the Fine Art Photography Awards (FAPA) 2018. London, UK.

  • 2 Nominations at the Fine Art Photography Awards (FAPA) 2018. London, UK.

  • Top 35 Black & White + Top 10 Switzerland Photographers at the 35 International Photo Award 2017. Moscow, Russia.

  • 3 Silver Medals at the Tokyo International Foto Awards (TIFA) 2017. Tokyo, Japan.

  • 1 Honorable Mention at the Tokyo International Foto Awards (TIFA) 2017. Tokyo, Japan.

  • 3rd Prize of the International Photographer of the Year 2017. London, UK.

  • 2 Honorable Mentions at the International Photographer of the Year 2017. London, UK.

  • 3rd place Winner at the Monochrome Awards 2017. London, UK.

  • 9 Honorable Mentions at the Monochrome Awards 2017. London, UK.

  • Gold Medal of the ND Awards 2017. London, UK.

  • Bronze Medal of the ND Awards 2017. London, UK.

  • 2 Honorable Mentions at the ND Awards 2017. London, UK.

  • Nominee at the Photography Grant 2017. London, UK.

  • Honorable Mention & 4 Nominations at the Black & White Spider Awards 2017. Beverly Hills, USA.

  • 4 Honorable Mentions at the International Photography Awards 2017. Los Angeles, USA.

  • 2nd Prize of the Monovisions Photography Awards 2017. London, UK.

  • 2 Honorable Mentions at the Monovisions Photography Awards 2017. London, UK.

  • 1st Prize, Gold Medal of the Moscow International Foto Awards 2017. Moscow, Russia.

  • 2nd Prize, Silver Medal of the Moscow International Foto Awards 2017. Moscow, Russia.

  • 3rd Prize (Fine Art Landscape) of the Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3) 2017. Los Angeles, USA.

  • 3rd Prize (book) of the Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3) 2017. Los Angeles, USA.

  • 2nd Prize Winner of the Fine Art Photography Awards 2017. London, UK.

  • 5 Nominations at the Fine Art Photography Awards 2017. London, UK.

  • Finalist of the Siena International Photo Awards 2017. Siena, Italy.

  • Finalist of the Black & White Contest - The Center for Fine Art Photography 2017. Fort Collins, USA.

  • 3rd Prize of the Photography Festival of Strasbourg 2017. Strasbourg, France.

  • 1st Prize of the International Photographer of the Year 2016. London, UK.

  • 3rd Prize of the International Photographer of the Year 2016. London, UK.

  • 1st Prize of the ‘Photographe-Voyageur’ competition, Geneva Book Fair 2016, Switzerland.

  • Finalist of the Contemporary Talents Contest, François Schneider Foundation 2015, France.

Awarded photographs Gallery

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AWARDS (2015-2018)

PUBLICATIONS, PRESS

  • 100 Photographize Best Selected Annual Book vol. 1, North Bethesda, MD, USA : Special invitation, December 2020

  • Nuit des Images - Musée de l'Elysée Lausanne, Switzerland : C'est de l'eau que l'on appelle Léman (with Musée du Léman, Nyon), June 2019

  • Le Temps Newspaper (print edition Dec. 17th 2018 and online), Switzerland : Le Japon dans le viseur de l'appareil photo, December 2018

  • Black & White Best Photographers of the Year (book), Spain : Dodho Magazine Awards, September 2018

  • B&W Minimalism Magazine (print edition) #11, Iran : Interview and publication, June 2018

  • Dodho Photography Magazine (website), Spain : Huang Shan by Olivier Robert, June 2018

  • Dodho Photography Magazine (website), Spain : Hokkaido, the Silence of Winter by Olivier Robert, May 2018

  • PhotoPlace Gallery USA : Exhibition catalog, May 2018

  • 12th annual Black & White Spider Awards, USA : Winners Video, April 2018

  • Photogrvphy & Grant (website) : Olivier Robert, Fragments of Lakes, March 2018

  • Monovisions Black & White Photography Magazine, UK : Olivier Robert : Japan Coastlines, March 2018

  • France Télévision (France3) : reportage about the exhibition 'Statuaire et sites sacrés du Japon', February 2018

  • Monochrome Awards Annual Book : 3rd Prize Winner of the 2017 competition, January 2018

  • Black & White Spider Awards, USA : The Journal Collection #9, January 2018

  • Szeroki Kadr Photography Magazine, Poland : Interview, January 2018

  • Dodho Photography Magazine, Spain : Interview, December 2017

  • Krisal Gallery, Switzerland : 25th Anniversary book, December 2017

  • Monovisions Black & White Photography Magazine, UK : Olivier Robert : from Léman to Biwa, November 2017

  • Go Out! Mag (print edition magazine), Switzerland : 'Japon intemporel par le photographe Olivier Robert', September 2017

  • Temps libre Magazine (website), Switzerland : 'Le Japon vu par le photographe Olivier Robert, Voyageurs du Monde, Genève', September 2017

  • Suisse Romande Magazine (website), Switzerland : 'Exposition photo Japon intemporel par le photographe Olivier Robert', September 2017

  • Signé Genève (web magazine), Switzerland : 'Japon intemporel par le photographe Olivier Robert', September 2017

  • Color my Geneva (web magazine), Switzerland : 'Japon intemporel par le photographe Olivier Robert', September 2017

  • Gem (agenda de la Genève multiculturelle), Switzerland : 'Japon intemporel chez Voyageurs du Monde Genève', September 2017

  • La décadanse (web magazine), Switzerland : 'Japon intemporel chez Voyageurs du Monde Genève', September 2017

  • Competence Photo Magazine (website), Switzerland : 'Japon intemporel' d'Olivier Robert, September 2017

  • Dodho Photography Magazine (print edition) #4, Spain : Japan, Waterscape and Beyond, August 2017

  • Consulate of Japan in Geneva (website), Switzerland : 'Automne de la culture japonaise', July 2017

  • B&W Minimalism (print edition) #5, Iran : Magazine cover, June 2017

  • Activ Mag (print edition magazine), France & Switzerland : 'Japon, Au-delà du réel' (by Mélanie Marullaz), June 2017

  • Korea International Photo Festival, Seoul, Korea : Catalog, May 2017

  • Dodho Photography Magazine (website), Spain : Léman by Olivier Robert, May 2017 

  • B&W Minimalism (website), Iran : article and portfolio online, April 2017

  • Nippon Camera (print edition magazine), Japan : Exhibitions, April 2017

  • Japan Design Net (web magazine), Japan, March 2017

  • Capa Camera Magazine (website), Japan, March 2017

  • B&W Minimalism (web magazine) #3, Iran, February 2017

  • Tribune de Genève (newspaper), Switzerland : ‘7 manières d’aimer l’art’, November 2016

  • My Big Geneva (website), Switzerland : ‘Art7 Carouge’, November 2016

  • Bilan Magazine (website), Switzerland. Etienne Dumont, Art critic, November 2016

  • Beaux Quartiers (print edition magazine) #28, Grenoble, France, Autumn 2016

  • B&W Minimalism (web magazine) #1, Iran, October 2016

  • L’Impartial de la Drôme (newspaper), France : ‘Découvrez l’univers d’Olivier Robert’ (by Laurent Thiot), May 2016

  • L’Alpe (print edition magazine) #72, France : ‘Nos livres vous ouvrent des horizons’, April 2016

  • L’Echo (print edition magazine) #39, Switzerland : ‘Lacs du monde, la vision exaltée d’Olivier Robert’ (by Katherine Friedli), March 2016

  • Nat’Images (print edition magazine), France. February / March 2016

  • Réponses Photo (print edition magazine), France : ‘Photos de lacs’, February 2016

  • L’Alpe (print edition magazine), France. January / March 2016

  • Profession Photographe (print edition magazine), France : ‘Livres’ (by Emilie Quittemelle), January / February 2016

  • Radio interview (Curieux.digital, Pierre-Michel Meier), Geneva, Switzerland : ‘le bonheur à l’N’vY’, January 2016

  • La Vie Nouvelle (print edition magazine), France : ‘Des clics et des lacs’ (by Jean-Louis Roux), January 8th 2016

  • Shiga TV Channel, Japan : Presentation of the book 'Miroirs d'eau, du Léman au Biwa' by Ms. Sarasa Yoshida, January 2016

  • France Net Info, (website), France, December 2015

  • Wevamag (website), France : ‘L’eau en pose B’, December 2015

  • Biba Magazine (website), France : ‘Spécial Noël, Les beaux livres’ (by Evelyne Eveno), December 2015

  • Paris Match (magazine) #3474, Switzerland : Fine art books (by Frédéric Finot), December 2015

  • Tribune de Genève (newspaper), Switzerland, December 2015

  • Tribune de Genève (website), Switzerland, December 2015

  • 24 heures (newspaper), Vaud, Switzerland : ‘Miroirs, mes beaux miroirs’ (by Philippe Dubath), December 2015

  • 24 heures (website), Vaud, Switzerland : ‘Les beaux miroirs d’Olivier Robert’ (by Philippe Dubath), December 2015

  • Le Point (print edition magazine), France : ‘Supplément Livres’, November 2015

  • 24 heures (newspaper), Vaud, Switzerland : ‘le musée du Léman offre un voyage lacustre singulier’, November 2015

  • La Côte (newspaper), Vaud, Switzerland : ‘les lacs s’exposent au Musée du Léman”, November 2015

  • La Côte (website), Vaud, Switzerland : ‘les eaux dormantes’ (by Daniel Bujard), November 2015

  • Photo-Theoria (web magazine) #3, by Ms Nassim Daghighian, art historian, November 2015

  • Musée du Léman (website), Nyon, Switzerland : ‘Photographies d’Olivier Robert’, November 2015

  • Association Suisse Japon (website), Switzerland : Events, November 2015

  • Nyon Region Tourisme (website), Switzerland : Events, November 2015

  • Payot bookstore (website), Switzerland : ‘Chronique Payot’, October 2015

  • Sélection magazine (print edition), Payot – L’Hebdo, Geneva, Switzerland : ‘Clichés hors du temps’ (by Anne-Sylvie Sprenger), October 2015

  • Grand Genève (website), Switzerland : cultural events, October 2015

  • Musée du Léman, Nyon, Switzerland : ‘Programme des expositions 2015’, January 2015

  • Tout l’Immobilier (newspaper) #733, Geneva, Switzerland : ’40 photographies au fil de l’eau’, August 2014

  • Photography Served (website), New York, USA : Leman project selected and featured online, 2012

  • Prisma Presse (print edition magazine), Paris, France : Prima Maison #2, 2005

  • Genève Expositions, Switzerland : permanent and temporary exhibitions booklet, 2005

  • Synergie Editions (print edition magazine), France : Pass’Port, 2004

  • Var Matin (newspaper), France : press articles, 2004

  • Humaterra Magazine (website), France : online portfolio, 2004

  • Arrimage (website), France : online interview, 2003

COMMERCIAL WORKS

  • 35 Awards, Russia : Judge for the Photography contest 2019

  • Biwako Hotel shop, Otsu City, Japan, 2017

  • Ramsar Convention, Switzerland : Judge for the World Wetlands Day Photography contest 2017

  • Jacques Boesch (author), Switzerland : ‘Bleu filigrane’, retrospective book, 2017

  • Japan Preview (online magazine) France – Japan : permanent collaboration since 2014

  • Claire-Vision Editions, Belgium : calendar, 12 photographs, 2008

  • Claire-Vision Editions, Belgium : Claire-Vision MAG, Newsletter #8, 2008

  • Claire-Vision Editions, Belgium : ‘Les Droits de la Terre’, 6 high quality cards, 2007

  • Agence Nelly Rodi, Paris, France : illustration of ’Observatoire des Tendances du Jardins’ booklet, 2005

  • Credit Agricole Asset Managment, Paris, France : booklets illustration, 2005

  • Cartimage, Paris, France : high quality cards for companies, 2004-2005

  • Givaudan, France : professional documents, 2004

  • Elyo (Groupe Suez), France : professional documents, 2004

  • Agence Nelly Rodi Paris, France : cover and illustration of ‘Observatoire des Tendances du Jardins’ booklet, 2004

  • Chick’n’Peas, Geneva, Switzerland : exclusive series, 2004

  • Photogenie Editions, France : exclusive series for professional documents, 2003

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