Oliver Schwarzwald was born 1973 in Danzig. He started out his photography career while working for the Danish photographer Mads Madsen, who had a huge influence in Oliver´s work: “he taught me how to work creatively, behind and in front of the camera lens.”
In 1996, Oliver began to work as a freelance photographer, focusing on two things he has a particular fondness for:still life and food. As a young lad, he loved cooking. When he realized that he could actually combine cooking and photography, it was like a form of revelation for him. He performed several freelance assistance jobs with still life and food photographers and when he was able to set his feet firmly in the business, he also went along to take on several advertising shootings for various clients and for a greater range of products.
Oliver is a storyteller, telling tales through his images. These inspirations could be as a result of experiences, memories, or even important and less important observations that he expresses through a variety of techniques “different messages need different executions”. His often dreamlike and surreal tales are composed with a precise and meticulous attention to detail – and particularly to the lighting of the image. His work can be characterized by a sense of serenity that one is likely to obtain through “Arousing small, simple feelings”.
If there is one thing that Oliver has always deemed as very important, it has to be variety. His topics and style can be described sometimes as lavish and luxurious and in other instance they can be very straight forward and simple. As a matter of fact, Oliver is a versatile photographer whose work takes advantage of a wide array of inspirations and influences to focus on what counts. He works for several important advertising agencies in Germany, France and Eastern Europe and prestigious magazines around the world.