Jordi Oliver started working as a photographer in pre-Olympic Barcelona depicting the harsh social reality of the Raval neighbourhood. In 1993 this work would win him a grant to study at the International Center of Photography in New York. From that moment on, his work has always been directed towards reporting social issues, and in 2004 he won a second grant to portray the social and economic crisis in Argentina with his report “Bring back Bartering”.
Since completing a Masters in Creative Documentary in 2000 he has combined cinema and photography, always exploring new artistic territory focused on his passion for social concerns. He has made several films including Despertar (Wake Up) (2001), Se tranco el domino (2003) –set in Havana, and African Request (2007), filmed in Kibera, Kenya. He worked as camera with Joaquim Jordá in the documentary De Niños (Child’s Play) (2001). His latest project as a director, "Resistirse a olvidar", uses photography as a therapy for helping people with Alzheimer’s.
He currently combines photographic workshops and conferences with his two latest long term projects, Women of the Earth and Latcho Drom
He is a regular collaborator with many newspapers and magazines, including Yo Dona El mundo), The Guardian, Babelia (El País), La Vanguardia.
Among the awards he has won are Tahiti y sus letras (2009) for the best published travel report, various in advertising from the Cannes and San Sebastian festivals, as well as the Laus Graphic Advertising award and the FNAC- El País awar
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