Olivia Arthur, British, born in 1980 is a Magnum associate since 2011. I found her work really inspiring specially since she is young.
Her first book Jeddah Diary, about young women in Saudi Arabia, was published in 2012 I found it really interesting considering thae fact that she managed to break in a closed society as Saudi Arabia.
What I mostly liked about her work is that she showed the contradictions in society shedding the light on the conservative side and liberals.
She began working as a photographer in 2003 after moving to Delhi and was based in India for two and a half years.
Olivia was born in London and grew up in the UK. She studied mathematics at Oxford University and photojournalism at the London College of Printing.
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 East-West cultural divide. This work has taken her to the border between Europe and Asia, Iran and Saudi Arabia. She has recieved support from the Inge Morath Award, the National Media Museum, OjodePez-PhotoEspana Award for Human Values.
In 2010 she co-founded Fishbar, a space for photography in London with Philipp Ebeling.
She continues to return to India – where her long-term work has been supported by a grant from the Fondation Jean-Luc Lagadere in Paris – and to work in London where she lives.
Olivia Arthur website