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Jacques Olivar was born in Casablanca. As a young man, he went to flight school to become an airline pilot. However, the immense pleasure he got from flying airplanes didn't avert his overflowing passion for images.
The beginning of his photographic career was met with rapid success, thanks to his photography work on the advertising campaign for DIM stockings. He was awarded "First Prize" from the highly prestigious "Club des Directeurs Artistiques" (Art Directors Club) for his work on this campaign. In the years that followed, he received this prize several times again. In 1984, he was also awarded the esteemed "Grand Prix Stratégies" (Grand Prize for Design Strategy) for the best advertising campaign of the year as well as the "First Prize" from the "Art Directors Club" for his photographic work on LOÏS JEANS.
In 1987, Jacques Olivar began working in fashion and collaborated with the most prestigious international magazines: Italian Marie-Claire, British Vogue, Italian Uomo Vogue, French Glamour, German Vogue, Vogue Homme International, French Marie-Claire, Marie-Claire Bis and Marie-Claire USA.
He also joined forces with the major clothing designers, and was put in charge of creating their image: Giorgio Armani, Hermès, Comme des Garçons, Céline, Trussardi, Strenesse, Rykiel, etc. Emotion, elegance and beauty are the constant key elements that are at the core of Jacques Olivar's photographic works.
The sophistication reflected in his photos is never arrogant or inaccessible. It is always a combination of simple elements, which are brought together and result in a beautifully harmonious effect.
True to his conception of humanity, his photography is sensitive before being technical and its modern character first and foremost results from the casual elegance of the women he photographs, who know that very few other photographers take such beautiful photos of them.
..."Jacques Olivar is one of the photographers with whom models prefer to work, in light of the fact that they shoot their most beautiful photos with him"...
Canal+ fashion documentary on Jacques Olivar. (NdT)
Photographs of Jacques Olivar are currently exhibited at the Museum of Fashion in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in Tokio, the REINA SOFIA Museum in Madrid and the Museum of Advertising in Paris.
2011 Personal exhibition "Forever young" at the Young Gallery in Brussels. October 14 - December 3, 2011
2008 The Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York City - The Curated Object - Courtesy of Giorgio Armani
2008 "Fashion and Fantasy" May 7 - September 1, 2008
2006 MAXXI Museum (XXI Century Art Museum of Roma). Roma
2005 Christie's Charity Auction. Paris
2004 Personal exhibition at the International Meeting of Fashion Photography. Cannes
2003 Exhibition as Special Guest at the International Meeting of Fashion Photography. Cannes
2001 Gugenheim Museum Bilbao "Giorgio Armani Exhibition"
2000 Theater of the Italian creativity "Giorgio Armani Exhibition" Gugenheim Museum New York
1998 Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, sponsored by "H2O Company". Tokyo
1998 "H2O Company" exhibition. Osaka
1997 "Mode and Models" exhibition sponsored by International Photography Festival. Tokyo
1996 "Moda e Gioeilli" Exhibition and Charity Auction. Sponsored by Bulgari. Milano
1995 Sotheby's Photographic Auction. London
1994 Sotheby's "A positive view", Gala Charity Auction sponsored by British Vogue. London
1994 Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. London
1993 "Images Gitanes", 24th International Meeting of Photography. Arles
1992 Louvre's Caroussel exhibition of nomenees fotographers. Paris
1992 Nomenee at the International Festival of Fashion Photography. Monaco
1991 International Festival of Fashion Photography. Barcelona
1990 Hotel Drouot's Auction "La femme et l'élégance". Paris
1990 International Festival of Fashion Photography. Budapest
1989 Christie's Gala Charity Auction of Contemporary Photographers. London
1986 Beaubourg Museum in Paris, exhibition of the most awarded campaings of the decade. "Dim", "Loï's Jeans",
1986 "Clarins cosmetics", "Phas cosmetics", "Vittel", "Dunlopillo" ads & tv commercials. Paris
Bergdorf Goodman, Capucine Puerari, Caron Fragance for men, Céline, Clarins Cosmetics, Clips, Comme des Garçons, Burberry, Devernois, Dim, Emporio Armani, Eres, French Connection, Georges Rech, Giogio Armani, Givenchy Cosmetics, Givenchy Fashion, Guerlain Cosmetics, Hermès, Huit underwear, Jacques Fath, Jin Abe, Kristina T, Lancôme Cosmetics, Lancôme Fragances, Lanvin, Les Copains, London Fog, Malhas, Mango, Mark's & Spencer, Montana, Nicoletta Ruggiero, Orwell, Phas Cosmetics, Rocco Barocco, Roberto Verino Fragance, Roberto Verino Fashion, Rodhier, Sandro Magli, Sonia Rykiel, Strawberry Field, Strenesse, Swish Jeans, Tehen, Tomaso Stefanelli, Trussardi Fragances, Trussardi Fashion, Vichy Cosmetics, Victoria's Secret, Zucca...
1 rue de La Planche 75007 Paris
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