Brought up in the Cotswolds, Oliver began his photographic education studying photography at the renowned course at Filton Technical College in Bristol. He went on to study film and television at the London College of Printing and has been balancing work in stills and moving image ever since.
His first solo exhibition entitled Volte-face will premier at London's Royal Geographical Society in September 2016. Taken over a period of four years, Volte-face is a series of images taken at the world’s most photographed historic sites, buildings and monuments - but looking away from them. To coincide with the exhibition at the RGS a book of the project, featuring an essay by Geoff Dyer, will be published by Dewi Lewis Publishing Ltd.
Other recent projects include London Conversation, an impressionistic journey through the capital where places and people are reduced to a series of shapes and colours. More recently he has shown an unhealthy obsession with the anthropomorphic letterboxes of Venice in Cassette delle letters di Venezia.
Oliver continues to produce stills portraiture for major broadcasters as well as generating his own projects for exhibition and publication. He cites as key influences William Eggleston, Saul Leiter and Andre Kertesz.
He continues to plough a distinctly idiosyncratic path as Director of Photography on feature films as diverse as Clare Kilner’s The Wedding Date, Frank Oz’s Death At A Funeral and Joanna Hogg’s Unrelated as well as experimental gallery-based installations such as Gideon Koppel’s Borth. He remains in great demand worldwide shooting commercials for high profile clients such as Pantene, L’Oreal, La Perla, Ferragamo, Palmolive, Rimmel, Coca Cola, Sony, Guinness, Canon and Cadbury’s.