Biography

Portrait of Denis OlivierBorn 1969, Royan, France.
Currently live in Bordeaux, France.
Since childhood Denis Olivier has been immersed in the world of art and photography. A childhood bathed in red light and marked by the "perfume" of the chemicals of the permanent photo lab in his parents' house. His entourage made him discover numerous exhibitions and techniques of expression which will first lead him to graphic design and painting. After a few scientific detours, it is at the school of Fine Arts of Poitiers that he finds in computer graphics, programming and computer generated images a new and fascinating means of expression.

It is Alain Fleig who will introduce Denis Olivier to art photography but also to technique, especially laboratory. Then comes a first solo exhibition and a training course with Philippe Salaün, the renowned Robert Doisneau's developer. While still a student, the first commissioned works, press articles and exhibitions fall. In 1995 he starts to work in architecture and then in web design.

He then continues by doing graphic design and art direction for various digital projects. Then returned to photography in 2005, testing the shooting of landscapes in the infrared, discovering the beauty of the long exposure technique.

The advent of digital photography opens new horizons for him by allowing him to work faster and to give free rein to his digital experiments. Nevertheless, his attraction to film allows him to photograph with a different relationship to time, still personally developing his own films.

The work proposed by Denis Olivier's photographs takes place under the sign of time: a suspended time, a time that passes. He appreciates this stretching of time which is no longer on the scale of human life. The universe that he proposes to us, thus recreated, becomes strangely other, mysterious, romantic, silent, like a distended void which which teaches us the sense of the detail. Silence fills this universe with a human transparency allowing the visitor to develop his own perceptive experience.

He watches, patiently, for sought-after forms, for presences forgotten there, probably for a very long time, unchanging, in this same silence and under these same tumultuous skies. The choice of stripped landscapes makes live in an intense way the slightest details, the slightest traces, like so many forgotten signatures. The composition of the elements creates abstract spaces, the lines and the curves oppose and respond to each other, creating works that are almost totally graphic.

By the rigor of his shooting, the care and the meticulousness brought to the construction of his photographs, Denis Olivier obtains "paintings" pushing to meditation, to a real journey in a suspended time.

Denis Olivier is the founder of numerous projects such as Art Limited.

Clients
IKEA
Nestlé Nespresso
Datacolor
Hahnemuehle
MRM Worldwide
S7 Airline
Meter Gallery
Dolist
Le Monde
Naïve Music
Robert-Laffont Edition
Yellow Corner
Albin-Michel Edition
Systonic
Art & Brand
Artgroup
Avabooks
Architects
Hotels
Galleries
Collectors
Individuals
...
Collaborations
2021 Judge for the French Photographic Federation FPF [+]
French Cup Monochrome Projected Image - 2021
2020 Judge for the International Salon Daguerre [+]
13th edition of the Salon Daguerre, international photography competition organized by the Photoclub Paris Val-de-Bièvre. It is held under the patronage of FIAP, PSA and FPF.
2014 Google team for Open Gallery [+]
Selected by Google curators for the Google Open Gallery project. The project is abandoned by Google after a few years of existence.
2010 Collaboration with Nestlé Nespresso [+]
Nestlé Nespresso has introduced the difference Tanzaru Limited Edition 2010. The Dreamspace Reloaded #21 image has been used for the worldwide marketing campaign.
2010 Photographs available in Art&Brand photocollection  [+]
Art&Brand PhotoCollection is a gallery of premium photographs, managed rights. Art&Brand offers to their clients (brands and advertising agencies) a selection of photographs which result from long and extensive researches. You will hardly find them anywhere else!
2009 Dreamscape Reloaded for YellowCorner [+]
Find Dreamspace Reloaded #21 - #1172 at YellowKorner. YellowKorner makes art photography accessible to the greatest number of people by exhibiting its works and its artists in more than 100 sales points, inside cultural stores, in France and abroad : Fnac, Virgin, Flammarion, Feltrinelli (Italy), HugenDubel (Germany)…
2008 Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta 325 paper selection [+]
FineArt Baryta is a paper that sets the benchmark for high colour depth, large colour gamut and image definition. This paper gives the "wow" factor particularly to black and white prints with an extremely high dmax and the finest grey tones. Using barium sulphate in the premium inkjet coating ensures the typical gloss that makes this paper a genuine replacement for traditional Baryta papers from analogue laboratories. 325 gsm · 100% alpha-Cellulose · bright white high-gloss.
2008 Juror for the DataColor World Wide contest "The real colors of my life" [+]
Datacolor and its partners come up with something very special for the snow-white winter time to dispel the winter blues or make the too rich Christmas goose forget: Show colors, get published & win!
2008 Working with Art Group [+]
The Art Group is the largest art publishing company of its type in the world. Their no compromising standards for selecting artwork and designing products have given them an unrivalled reputation in the art market. They work with the best retailers worldwide and with many of the world’s leading museums and galleries.
2008 Published in Yellow Corner [+]
The photographs presented by Yellow Korner are selected by an artistic committee presided over by Elisabeth Nora (buyer for the European House of Photography and editor-in-chief of the magazine L’Insensé) and charged to find young hopefuls and to valorize the work of more confirmed artists, all in guaranteeing a unity of the demands in the definition of her collection.
2008 Cooperation with Datacolor [+]
Datacolor's ColorVision technology provides affordable, easy-to-use digital color control products for creative experts, photographers, corporate customers and consumers everywhere.
2008 Collaboration with IKEA stores [+]
A worldwide collaboration with IKEA stores will be performed for the next 5 years.
2008 Partnership with Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH [+]
Some photographies will be used for promotional campaigns, as well as continuous support and testing for new fine-art print papers.
2007 Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH [+]
The Art of Expression since 1584. Only a few companies can proudly look back on such a long, uninterrupted tradition. Founded in 1584, Hahnemühle is the oldest German papermakers manufacturing papers for traditional and digital artists. Since the founding of the company more than 400 years ago a forward-looking attitude has formed the basis for continuous growth and the innovative strength of the company. Close cooperation enables speedy transformation of research results into new products.
2006 Naïve Production [+]
CD covers for Synchronisation and samplers.
Publications
Visitors' interviewVisitors' interview
2005-2021
France
Fine Eye Magazine (FEM) volume #14Fine Eye Magazine (FEM) volume #14
2021
Germany
Elegy MagazineElegy Magazine
2008
France
MonochromeMonochrome
2008
France
Interview for Bulb MagazineInterview for Bulb Magazine
2008
Croatia
2021 Interview for LEMAG issue August 2021 [+]
LEMAG (Long Exposure Magazine) is a digital monthly magazine featuring over 150 pages of high quality photography, articles and interviews.
2021 Fine Eye Magazine (FEM) volume #14 [+]
FEM Fine EYE Magazine was founded in 2016. Our bi-monthly publishing magazines are focusing on artistic and fine art photography.
2021 LEMAG issue July 2021 [+]
LEMAG (Long Exposure Magazine) is a digital monthly magazine featuring over 150 pages of high quality photography, articles and interviews.
2021 Square Magazine issue 1202 [+]
Issue 1202 features work by Iwajla Klinke, Stephen McNally, Cannon Bernáldez, Karen Neems, Francis Goussard, Marjolaine Vuarnesson, Denis Olivier, Hannah Kozak, Poole / Mauge.
2019 Fisheye Magazine [+]
Do, undo and redo.
2014 Photographize Magazine Issue N.20 [+]
FEATURED: Oriol Jolonch, Victor Enrich, Jeremy Geddes, Angelo Musco, Denis Olivier, Thomas Subtil, Jorris Martinez.
2014 Publication in HACID MAG magazine [+]
In Master of landscapes
2014 Publication in Corridor Elephant Magazine [+]
Article and images
2014 Article & interview for Literary Orphans [+]
A new article along with a very recent interview.
2014 Saatchi Gallery [+]
Find my work on on Saatchi online Art Gallery, where you'll be able to order some prints also.
2014 My Modern Met article [+]
Just discovered this little article on My Modern Met.
2011 La Vie Economique Interview [+]
Interview for the french magazine La Vie Economique.
2009 Image Magazine #34 [+]
Image Magazine #34
2008 Elegy Magazine [+]
December 2008.
2008 Profifoto Magazine [+]
Profifoto September 2008
2012 Interview for ND Magazine [+]
For Neutral Density Magazine by Marcin Stawiarz.
2008 Monochrome
2008 Interview for Bulb Magazine [+]
"Denis Olivier is our special guest in this month’s interview section, who is known to most as the founder of “Art limited Net” and as an author who successfully merges digital and analogue techniques."
2007 Internaute Magazine Interview (FR) [+]
Interview for the famous online magazine. Exclusively in french.
2006 Photo Magazine (RO) [+]
Interview with photographies for Photo Magazine romanian publication.
2006 KROMA magazine [+]
Interview with photographies for Art and Culture KROMA Online spanish Magazine.
2006 Transindex ART [+]
Invitation for a publication for the Hungarian portal in Romania.
2006 Vis A Vis International Contest [+]
Winner of the september 2006 contest.
2006 ActuPhoto Interview [+]
New entry as photographer to be discovered.
2006 PhotoArt Interview [+]
Interview for PhotoArt (Czech) in august 2006 issue.
2006 Micro-Photo-Vidéo Interview [+]
Interview from Micro-Photo-Vidéo (France).
2006 Entre-vu Interview [+]
Interview for Bazooka Mandarine (Entre-vu) webzine (french).
2005 WebPhotoMag interviews online [+]
2 interviews in French and English from WebPhotoMag Online Magazine CEO, Jérôme Muffat-Méridol.
2005 mooncruise* December Issue 24 [+]
FEATURING photography and music by internationl artists. PHOTOGRAPHY by: Corrade Dalcò, Denis Olivier, Jon-Paul Mountford, Trevor Brady, Hamid Sallali, Jean-Clément Turblin, Katja Chernova, Michal Podobycko, Paul Paper, Philip Ullrich, Tomasz Piechel MUSIC by: vitaminsforyou.
2005 WebPhotoMag [+]
"The online magazine about photographs, not cameras". Featuring Time Dimension by Denis Olivier, Shots from Another City by Andrew P. Brooks, Cyprus Panorama by Michael Eleftheriades, Liquid Sculpture by Martin Waugh.
2005-2021 Visitors' interview [+]
Replies to various similar questions from visitors.
2000 Film and paper darkroom process [+]
This film and paper darkroom workflow was created after a discussion in 1996 with Philippe Salaün, who made Robert Doisneau prints at this time. It is currently only in french.
Articles
2021 Using and modifying the Holga 120 [+]
The Holga 120 is a simplistic but singular medium-format camera, removing technicality to make room for surreal creativity.
2020 Highres DSLR film scanning [+]
How to scan films in high resolution with a digital camera.
1998-2020 Film processing and printing guide [+]
Laboratory photography techniques allow you to develop black and white films yourself and make prints on silver paper without too much difficulty. Discover all the essential steps to perfect the practice of development, from the beginner to the expert.
Expositions
Warning For a few years, I realized and produced some exhibition projects that had meaning for my work, the contributors or visitors. Being on other busy projects, I decided to stop without time limit. Nevertheless, I am always open to the very selective study of proposals.
2010 Solo - François-Mauriac Cultural Centre, Bouliac, France [+]
A selection of 20 photographies from Waterscape and Dreamscape Reloaded series, from October 2, 2010 to October 4, 2010. Opening Friday 1th, October 2010, 7:30pm.
2009 Collective - "The clouds... There... The wonderful clouds" - MUMA, Le Havre, France [+]
"Les nuages, ces merveilleux nuages". Collective exhibition featuring Ansel Adams, Jules Arnold, Eugène Boudin, Brassaï, Walker Evans, Franco Fontana, Michael Kenna, André Kertesz, Paul Haviland, Gustave Le Gray, NASA, Charles Nègre, Denis Olivier, Robert et Shana Parkeharrison, Pierre et Gilles, Bernard Plossu, René-Jacques, Edward Weston. The FRAC Haute-Normandie. From October 10, 2009 to January 24, 2010. Musée Malraux, 76600 LE HAVRE, France, Phone: 02 35 19 62 72.
2009 Solo - CIVB - Bordeaux, France [+]
A selection of 20 photographies from Waterscape and Dreamscape Reloaded series, From May 6, 2009 to May 27, 2009, Opening hours: from Monday to Saturday, from 11:00am to 10:00pm.
2008 Collective - Visions Intemporelles - Tourlaville, France [+]
8Reg'ART Collective with "Galerie De Lumière et de Vent" and "Galerie de la Tour de l'Horloge" in Tourlaville are pleased to announce its exhibition with many invited artists. From October, 25th to November 9th, 2008, Château des Ravalet, 50110 Tourlaville, France.
2008 Collective - In the world not so dark of night photography - Nantes, France [+]
Dedicated to photography at night and the 'light painting' (technique of using a flashlight as a brush to achieve traces of light on the image) this evening projection is an invitation to share the experience of photographers working at night, to find out what the camera captures in the dark. Nantes, France, Thursday, September 18, 2008 from 21h - In the courtyard of the Workshop Gallery A.
2008 Solo - POP'ART - Bordeaux, France [+]
"Un regard sur la Scène Bordelaise". Collective Exhibition. From january 21 to january 25, 2008. Bordeaux, France.
2007 Solo - "Contemplation" - Androne Gallery, Saint-Emilion, France [+]
40 photographs. Androne Gallery - La Factorerie - , Saint-Emilion, France, from june 1 to june 24, 2007.
2007 Solo - "Voyage/temps suspendu" - Base sous-marine, Bordeaux, France [+]
"Voyage/temps suspendu". 80 photographs. Base Sous-Marine Gallery, Bordeaux, France, from March 30 to April 29, 2007. From tuesday to sunday included, opened 14h to 18h. Tel. 05 56 11 11 50.
2007 Collective - Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs 2007, 16th Edition - Bordeaux, France [+]
European Month of Photography. From sunday, April 01 avril 2007 to sunday April 29, 2007. Bordeaux, France.
2006 Collective - Pisecka Brana Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic [+]
Exhibition of 10 photographs for PhotoArt Magazine best authors 2006. Exhibition takes place on January 20nd in Pisecka Brana Gallery, Prague Castle, Czech Republic.
2006 Solo - "Time Dimension I" - Pessac, France [+]
Exhibition of 24 photographs. DOLIST.NET Gallery, Pessac-Bordeaux, France. by appointment only. Phone 05 57 262 570. From october 26, 2006 to January 12, 2007. See a pic sample.
2006 Collective - Diaporama Festival, Nantes, France [+]
In Nantes (France), the second half of September is dedicated to photography. And for an even better reason this year, as will occur at the same time: La Quinzaine Photographique Nantaise who celebrates it’s tenth birthday, The "Congres des gens d’image" and the newcoming festival Diaporama.
2006 Solo - "Paris, capital of the creation" - The Queen, Paris, France [+]
Exhibition during "Paris, capital of the creation", at The Queen (102 avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris). 1x1 meter prints will be shown (image 1, image 2, image 3).
2005 Solo - "Of people and place" - Taksu Gallery, Malaysia [+]
During the photography month in Malaysia (img1, img2).
1990 Solo - Rivaud Gallery, Poitiers, France [+]
Solo exhibition