Olivia Arthur was born in London in 1980, and received a degree in Mathematics from Oxford University in 2002. She then went on to pursue Photojournalism from London College of Printing in 2003, after which she received a scholarship from Fabrica in 2006.

In 2008 she joined Magnum Photos as a nominee and was made associate in 2011.

Olivia initially headed to India, where her mother and diplomat father were based, she saw the terrible subservience of Indian women, which she subsequently captured on camera… it became a theme she has repeatedly returned to.

Arthur’s photographs have appeared in newspapers like the Telegraph and Guardian, and been celebrated in exhibitions worldwide. She has photographed women struggling for their independence in Azerbaijan, has gone beyond the veil in Iran, has been back and forth to India many more times, and recently returned from a two-month stint in Saudi Arabia, which she says, was the ultimate challenge. “Photographing women there is the most difficult thing you can possibly do. It’s a very closed society, you can’t just turn up and meet people, especially women,” she explains.

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