Olivier Robert was born in 1970, Belgium. He was initiated by his parents into black & white photography at the age of 8. He got his first camera in 1985. Around that time, he also discovered Asia. This intense experience has drastically affected his way of life and his vision of the world. Since then, photography and asian cultures will be closely linked.
In 1995, he graduated from the Institute of landscape architecture in Belgium. From then on, he has devoted his work almost exclusively to landscapes using mainly long exposures. The influence of the man-made objects over the waterscapes in an important feature of his work.For many years, he has got thoroughly across Japan looking for landmarks which convey timelessness, simplicity and sometimes mystery.
Based in the Lake Geneva region, he has also produced a collection of prints throughout his 20-year project about this lake. These prints have been exhibited and published many times in France and Switzerland.
Allen grew up in Sydney Australia. From an early age he realised a keen sense of all things visual, leading him to pick up his father’s 35mm film camera. At 16 he bought his first camera, a Pentax K 1000 which he still has today. He spent many hours in the shed at the back of his parent’s garage printing his images in a homemade darkroom.
With his photographic portfolio he was accepted into college where he studied film production specialising in cinematography. Allen has had a successful career as a cinematographer, is a fully accredited member of the Australian Cinematographers Society [ACS] and has won numerous cinematography awards.
Allen is now being recognized globally for his fine art photography. It is this medium that resonates on a more personal level and is a direct
expression of his artistic vision.