Festival Speaker - SUNDAY 13TH OCT


Olivia Arthur was born in London and grew up in the UK, She received a degree in mathematics from Oxford University in 2002 and a diploma in photojournalism from the London College of Printing in 2003. 

Joining the renowned Magnum Photos agency in 2008 as a nominee, she became an associate in 2011. 

Olivia began her career as a photographer in 2003 after moving to Delhi and was based in India for two and a half years. In 2006 she left for Italy to take up a one-year residency with Fabrica, during which she began working on a series about women and the cultural division between East and West. This work has taken her to the border between Europe and Asia, to Iran and Saudi Arabia.

In 2010 she co-founded Fishbar, a space for photography in London with Philipp Ebeling.

Her first book Jeddah Diary, about young women in Saudi Arabia, was published in 2012.