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Olivier Steiner

Olivier Steiner Photography

French photographer, living in Lima, Peru

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After 7 years spent in Houston, TX, photographer Olivier Steiner now lives in Lima, Peru. Born in France in a small village surrounded by woods, nature was of course his first love. Landscapes, trees and forest were the daily friends and became quickly the first photography subjects. After living in different continents, Olivier decided to focus more on the daily street life without leaving behind landscape photography.

Winner :
“Open the door” contest in Houston, TX in 2014
“Adventure” photography contest, Whole Earth, TX 2011
“Trekking” photography contest of Tatoo, South America 2017

Finalist :
“Comedy Wildlife Photography” contest, 2016
“Climbing” photography contest, Memorial Maria Luisa, 2017

Featuring and exhibitions :
Featured by LA Photography during the “Street shooting” contest, 2017
Exhibition of 17 pictures in the library of Bitche, France, 2013
Participating to a couple of exhibition “Monochrome photography”, “Fine art photography” and “Street photography” at the Blank Wall gallery in Athens, Greece.

Website: osteinerphoto.com

"You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”

Ansel Adams

Our personal history is probably our principal inspiration and this does not only apply to photography.

A childhood spent in a forester house, squeezed in the middle of the North Vosges woods (North East of France, near the German border) offers an unlimited playground in where everything is awaiting to be discovered. The observation of a wild boar during a walk, a harvest of a full basket of porcini mushrooms, the ascent of one of the numerous sandstone rocks are wonderful and unforgettable memories that even time could not erase. Every new adventure brings the next one, deeper, bolder, more committed.

Different factors could be our guides. An encounter could be a source of inspiration, a movie could show a new path and what about those authors who put their footprints on your perceptions, and your goals?
Jack London, and later Jack Kerouac, Jim Harrison or the unavoidable Edward Abbey seem to show you the right way. They are pointing toward an utopian and ambiguous America. They are calling for discovery, curiosity, and travel.

Teaching physics and chemistry in the small town of Altkirch (east France, near the Switzerland border) in 2008, my hesitation wasn't long when I got a job offer from the International School of Houston, Texas. Of course, this state wasn't really in my dreams then, but this opportunity would already be a first step toward those landscapes and sceneries unknown and attractive.

Climbing mountains and cliffs was then less frequent because of east Texas geography, but it allowed plenty of time to focus on my growing passion for photography and I was able to bring some records from every ascent, adventure, wild backpacking hike, road trip and other travels in western USA.

Two years ago, I decided to call home Peru. It opened a new door on an unknown world and I started to enjoy wandering into a city as much as climbing a mountain. And making images.




"On ne fait pas une photo seulement avec un appareil photo, on apporte à l'acte photographique tous les livres qu'on a lus, les films qu'on a vus, la musique qu'on a écoutée, les personnes qu'on a aimées"
Ansel Adams

Notre vécu est probablement notre principale source d'inspiration et cela ne se limite pas à la photographie.

Une enfance passée à grandir dans une maison forestière nichée dans les forêts des Vosges du Nord offre un terrain de jeu illimité dans lequel tout est à découvrir. Le sanglier croisé durant une promenade, une cueillette de cèpes, l'ascension des nombreux rochers de grès sont autant de souvenirs que le temps ne saurait effacer. Chaque nouvelle aventure en amène une autre, plus profonde, plus témèraire, plus engagée.

Les guides, les catalyseurs sont nombreux. Une rencontre peut être source d'inspiration, un film peut montrer un nouveau chemin et que dire de ces auteurs qui posent leur empreinte sur vos projets, vos perceptions. Jack London, puis plus tard Jack Kerouac, Jim Harrison ou encore l'incontournable Edward Abbey semblent vous montrer la voie. Ils pointent l'ouest d'une Amérique utopique et ambiguë. Ils appellent à la découverte, à la curiosité, au voyage.

Enseignant la physique chimie à Altkirch en 2008, l'hésitation n'a pas été longue lorsqu'on me proposa un poste dans l'école internationale de Houston, au Texas. Certes, cet état ne m'inspirait guère à l'époque, mais cette opportunité me permettait déjà de franchir un premier pas vers ces paysages et contrées inconnus et attirants.

Si l'escalade de sommets et de falaises s'est fait moins fréquente de part la géographie de l'endroit (l'est Texan est particulièrement plat), une passion pour la photographie n'a cessé de grandir et m'a finalement permis de ramener des témoignages de chaque aventure, ascension, randonnée sauvage, road trip ou autre voyage dans l'ouest.