About

O  L  I  V  I  E  R    C  H  A  T  A  R  D

Olivier Chatard is a Paris native who came to study art and design at the age of 19. After graduating from Art Center in Pasadena and Otis, he went on to create a solid body of print, motion and web work while working for companies such as MTV networks and Yahoo! before venturing out and launching his own Venice, CA based design studio: Olivier Chatard Creative. Since then, Olivier has created award winning short films, produced conceptual fashion shoots and developed marketing campaigns for large corporations.


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Statement:

The ability to envision a final result in your mind’s eye. Through photographs, we preserve history – our child’s first steps, a decaying landscape, a Beauty Fashion style and most important a moment that stays out of time. It’s a pure moment of happiness and it engages different elements: Light, shadows, composition, reflections. “It is a window to the past. It is a form of expression. It is a silent language. It is the medium that gives pattern to light. it is the canal of the extraordinary.”

I have also been attracted by composition, lights and colors since i was able to see. From a reflection of the sun in the windows, to the silhouette of a person. I had my first camera when I was 7 years old, a little instant polaroid camera that my parents got me for my birthday. Since then, I have always expressed my visions through photography.

I convey my vision through certain emotions and moments. A dancing balance of light and dark, love and lust, capturing the essence of now/then. These moments are to be cherished, criticized, or clumsily forgotten. Sharing, exposing and reliving. Perfecting the imperfect in the process. Poetry immobilized. As Ansel Adams Said : “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”