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Olga Rook is a photographer based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She has been intrigued by perception, imagination and time. Her artistic approach is grounded in both ideas and feelings and is flavored with poetry.

Before turning to photographic art Olga obtained her master’s and PhD degrees in Medieval and Early Modern History and did research in Renaissance culture. A historian’s habit of focusing on the hazy texture of remote times while being rooted in the present moment helps her reflect on the limits of everyday perception. Her photography is about the metaphors and illusive worlds discovered and constructed through reflection and imagination.

 

A w a r d s

 

2017 – Fine Art Photography Awards 2017 (FAPA), Portraits, professional category for the “Mirror Twins” series. Nominee

2017 – Monochrome Photography Awards 2016. Honourable mentions in Conceptual and Portraits, professional category

2017 – International Color Awards. Honourable mentions in Abstract, professional category

2016 – Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA) 2016, 1st place winner in Fine Art, Still life, 2nd place winner overall Fine Art category; professional division; Moscow

2016 – International Photo Awards (IPA) 2016, Lucie Foundation. Honourable mention in Fine Art, Portraits, professional division

2016 – 11th Annual Black and White Spider Awards. Three nominations in professional division for Fine Art and Archtecture categories

2015 – AXA Art Talent Award (the first prize), Annual Dutch Art Fair (ADAF) 2015, Amsterdam

2015 – Master Printer’s Award, Hariban Award 2015 held by Benrido Collotype Atelier, Kyoto, Japan

2015 – Fine Art Photography Awards 2015/2016 (FAPA), two Fine Art Honorable mentions in the professional category for the “Portals” and the “Florals” series

2015 – Nomination in the Fine Art category, The 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, Worldwide Photography Gala Awards. Selected by the curators to participate in The 4th Biennale of Fine Art and Documentary Photography in Berlin in October 2016

2015 – Nomination for The Black and White Charles Dodgson Award, Worldwide Photography Gala Awards

2015 – 10th Annual Black and White Spider Awards. Nomination in professional division for Fine Art category

2015 –
 Juror’s Selection and Honorable Mention, Portraits 2014, New York Center for Photographic Art, New York, USA

2015 – LensCulture Portfolio, invitation-only

2014 – 9th Annual Black and White Spider Awards. Six nominations in professional division for Fine Art, Abstract, Still Life and Wild Life categories

2014 – Zebra Awards 2014, 
Black and White Photographer of the year, TZIPAC. Silver winner in the Fine Art category, professional division

2014 – Honorable Mention, Love, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Jct., Vermont, USA

2014 – Photography Award, Impact, Centennial Art Expo, EUR, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

 

E x h i b i t i o n s

 

2016

Franco Crimean Republican Scientific Library, Exposition ‘Winners of MIFA 2016 and IPA 2016’. Simferopol, Crimea, 13 December 2016 – 10 January 2017

Novorossiysk Historical Museum Exhibition Hall, PHOTOVISA International Festival of Photography. Exposition ‘Winners of Moscow International Photography Awards – MIFA 2016 and International Photography Awards – IPA 2016, New York’. Novorossiysk, Russia, 24 October – 24 November 2016

The 4th Biennale of Fine Art and Documentary Photography, Berlin, Palazzo Italia, October 2016

Na Kashirke Gallery, Expositie ‘Winners of Moscow International Photography Awards – MIFA 2016′, Moscow, 20 July – 7 August 2016

Parallax Art Fair, London, Chelsea Town Hall

Summer Expo, EUR, Rotterdam

 

2015

Portals, solo exposition. Sophie Maree Gallery, The Hague, the Netherlands

Annual Dutch Art Fair (ADAF), World Fashion Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Still, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas, USA

Fresh! Hilton, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Motion, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

Portraits 2014, New York Center for Photographic Art, New York, USA

Chronograph, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Jct., Vermont, USA

 

2014

Masquerade, New Orleans Photo Alliance, New Orleans, USA

Impact, Centennial Art Expo, EUR, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Landscape: Looking at Photography. Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA

Love, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Jct., Vermont, USA

Five Elements, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Jct., Vermont, USA

71 Percent, online group exhibition, Linus Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Expressions: Contemporary Portraiture, online annex, 
The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, Virginia, USA

Grayscale, online annex, Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA

Things with Wings, online annex,
 PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, USA

Portraiture: Through the Lens, online annex, Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA

Figures | Contexts, online annex, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, USA

 

2013

Transformations, online annex, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, USA

 

View my portfolio as portrait and children photographer in Rotterdam, across the Netherlands and Belgium.