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The Patient Shutter of Olivia Arthur

Posted on 23 March 2016

Olivia Arthur is a London-based photographer, but she’s hardly been resigned to the capital. She’s worked in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, and various parts of the Europe-Asia border. While I might quickly describe the work of other photographer’s as vibrant or aggressive or lovely, it’s tougher for me to find a one-liner to assign to Arthur’s work. I suppose her photos hold a quiet energy, a thoughtfulness. Her photos put the viewer into the frame and have us wonder about the heart of the subject.

“I wanted to see and hear the people of this place, but it was also my exploration of the city,” she said of her time in Dubai. And I think these words might aptly describe her approach - both involved with and distant from her subjects, both empathetic and objective, pursuing both a beautiful frame and an honest story.

You can see more of her work on Magnum or on her website. Below are a few of my favorite Arthur photos…

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