Olivia Bolles, better known as Olivia Bee, is a 18 years old American photographer from Portland, Oregon, who focuses on capturing the moments of teenage life. She photographs herself, friends, family and surroundings with a spontaneous and positive style and much experiment.
At the age of 11, she picked up her first serious camera and At 14, her work was featured in an advertising campaign for Converse.
Olivia Bee cites Ryan McGinley, Annie Leibovitz and Nan Goldin as influences, and she is inspired by the relationships between people, their places of life, personnal objects and culture… She wants to evoke nostalgia in everyone by capturing everyday life with the eyes of a young girl and celebrate the aesthetic beauty in teenagedom. “I focuse on the confusion and chaos of high school life”. For more information watch olivia Bee’s Youtube channel where she answers lots of questions about her life, work and inspiration, really interesting.
Among her clients are : Fiat USA, The New York Times, Hermès Paris, Nike 6.0, Converse, Vice Magazine, VSA Partners, Rookie Magazine, Subaru, 72 and Sunny, Levi’s, Le Monde, Furni, Zeit Magazin, Wieden + Kennedy, North, Little Brown and Company, Impatto, Ecco Publishing, Far, Der Speigel, Simon & Schuster, Subbacultcha Magazine, Harper Collins, &Samhoud, TeenNick. Olivia Bee is represented by Candace Gelman & Associates.
Olivia Bee at 14 for the Converse Optimistic Rebels campaign, the concept was to aggregate “street” videos from young people and then hold a film festival.