Oliver Holms is a London-based photographer and filmmaker. He documents creatives at work and at play, as well as shooting personal projects about people and place. He shoots artists in the studio, dancers in rehearsal, musicians chasing inspiration and more, in order to celebrate the process and personalities behind the work. He wants to reveal the beauty and mystery of this hidden stage in the life of an artwork.
In his personal work he seeks out the little gestures, beautiful light, and happy juxtapositions that show the beauty in the everyday and together form a portrait of a place.
Born and educated in London, Oliver started work as a freelance photographic assistant in 2003, before he started to shoot for himself in 2011. He worked for a wide variety of photographers including Paola Kudacki, David Sims, Emma Summerton, Steven Klein and Mario Testino.
Oliver finished his debut short film, The Foley Artist in 2015. The film won Best Casting, Best Production Design and Best Original Score at the Berlin Fashion Film Festival 2015. (Also nominated for Best Film, Best Direction and Best Idea / Script). The film received the Award of Excellence in the Best Shorts Competition 2015, won Best Creative Direction at the Australian Fashion Film Festival 2015 and screened at London Short Film Festival 2016 and TED 2016. The Foley Artist was made in collaboration with Feast Films and Just a Little. He has since shot and directed a number of mini documentaries that profile up and coming artists — offering a window into their work and life.
Oliver’s editorial clients include: Bazaar (UK & China), Clash, Drapers, Elephant, Esquire UK, Modzik, Observer Magazine, POP Online, Rakes Progress, Saturday Telegraph Magazine and Vision China.
He has collaborated with brands such as Ally Capellino, Channel 4, Colart, eve, Griffin Gallery, KOOVS, Molly Goddard, Platform Presents, Ralph & Russo, Rory Parnell Mooney, Serpentine Galleries, Stighlorgan and YMC.
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