ABOUT

Born in Belgium, 1970 – Lives in France, Lake Geneva region since 1995

1985-1995 : Photographs of wild plants, trees and landscapes

1991-1994 : Institute of Landscape Architecture, Gembloux, Belgium

1995-… : Works on minimalist landscapes and starts the project about Lake Geneva

2000-2004 : Black and white studio work for models

2000-2006 : Works on the design and the aesthetics of plants shape

2004-… : Projects about landscapes, waterscapes, winter and Buddhist statuary in Japan

2015- : Enter some International Awards

Olivier Robert is a professional photographer sharing his life between Europe and Japan.

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, photography, traditional Asian landscape painting and philosophy have been closely linked.

 

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 photographic project about the lake. This project is still continuing 20 years after and has pushed him into visiting many other lakes in the world. After a long experience in studio and commercial photography, he decided in 2004 to devote his time almost exclusively to landscapes and waterscapes photography.

For his continuous projects as well as family reasons, he often gets thoroughly across 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 and photographer), he has also carried out a project on the Buddhist statuary and sacred sites for years. This work started on the routes of the Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage where they met important persons interested in this project.

In addition to his regular trips to Japan, he is also pursuing a personal project in China about the landscapes that have fascinated him since he was teenager.

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.

Photo by Wu Zhenyu, China.
AWARDS

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

Award : 'Winter Leman' in Fine Art Pro category and 'Zhangjiajie' in Pro Nature category.

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

Award : 'Winter Leman' in Fine Art category.

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

Award : Mountain Tree, Huang Shan, China in 'professional Nature' category.

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

Award : Hokkaido Winter, Huang Shan Tree, Fragments of Lakes (Japan) and Snow Monsters (Japan).

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

Award : Huang Shan and Hokkaido Snow Fences in 'Nature Landscape' category.

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

Award : Hokkaido Snow Fences in 'Landscape' category.

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

Award : Hokkaido Tsuru in 'Nature Wildlife' category + Huang Shan in 'Landscape' category.

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

Award : Hokkaido, the Silence of Winter. Publication in the book Best Photographers of the Year 2018.

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

Award : Japan, Waterscapes and Beyond in Professional category.

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

Award : Japan, Waterscapes and Beyond Project in 'Nature' Professional category.

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

Award : Léman in 'Professional Fine Art' category and Snow Monsters in 'Professional Nature' Category.

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

Award : Hokkaido Trees in 'Professional Nature' category.

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

Award : Hokkaido Tanchozuru in 'Professional Wildlife' category.

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

Award : 'Leman' in Professional categories (series).

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

Award : 'Japan Seascapes' and 'Japan Winters' in Professional categories (series).

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

Award : 'Remains and Cormorants, Japan' in B&W category.

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

Award : 'Japan, Snow Monsters', 'Japan, Calligraphy Trees' and 'Leman' in Professional categories (series).

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

Award : 'Japan, Waterscapes & Beyond' in Professional category (series).

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

Award : 'Nature' Professional category (series).

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

Award : 'Nature Seascapes' and 'Fine Art Landscapes' in Professional category (series).

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

Award : Grove of Trees (Hokkaido, Japan) in Professional 'Nature' category.

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

Award : Individual photographs in Professional 'Landscapes', 'Nature', 'Conceptual' and 'Fine Art' categories.

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

Award : Fragments of Lakes series, 'Professional Long Exposures' category.

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

Award : Léman series, 'Professional Waterscapes' category.

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

Award : Calligraphy Trees series and Trees & Water series, Professional 'Waterscapes' and 'Nature Trees' categories.

Nominee at the Photography Grant 2017. London, UK.

Award : Fragments of Lakes in 'Nature' category.

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

Award : Lake Nakaumi, Matsue, Japan in 'Professional Fine Art' category.

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

Award : Miscellaneous series, 'Fine Art Book', 'Landscape Fine Art', 'Nature Trees', 'Deeper Perspective' categories.

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

Award : Léman series, 'Fine Art' category.

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

Award : Japan Coastlines series & Lakes series, 'Landscapes' category.

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

Award : Lakes series, from Léman to Biwa, 'Professional Fine Art' category.

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

Award : Lakes series, from Léman to Biwa, 'Professional Nature' category.

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

Award : Lakes series, from Léman to Biwa, 'Professional Fine Art Landscape' category.

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

Award : Book - From Léman to Biwa, 'Professional Fine Art Book' category.

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

Award : Trees of Japan series, 'Professional Landscape' category.

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

Nominated in 4 Professional series : Seascape, Night Photography, Cityscape and Fine Art categories.

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

Awards ceremony on October 28th 2017.

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

Award : Book 'Miroirs d'eau, du Léman au Biwa', Favourite selection of the Jury.

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

Award : 'Fine Art Landscapes' Professional category (series).

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

Award : 'Nature Seascapes' Professional category (series).

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

Awards ceremony on May 27th 2016.

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PUBLICATIONS, PRESS

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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