Bee at the School of Visual Arts in New York City
|Occupation||Photographer, Fine Artist|
Her book, Kids in Love, was published by Aperture in 2016.
Bee is the daughter of a hairdresser mother and a high-tech worker. She grew up in Portland, Oregon, where she attended da Vinci Arts Middle School. She moved to Brooklyn, New York when she was 18 years old.
Bee's interest in photography began at the age of 11 when she first took a photography class. In 2013 she summarised her early work as "Like, stuffed animals and a picture of my mom in the kitchen." Afterwards, Bee began taking photos independently and uploading them to the image hosting website Flickr, where the footwear company Converse saw her work and asked her to photograph for their company. Her work was used in an advertising campaign for Converse when she was 14. Her work was also used in campaigns for Adidas, Fiat, Hermès, Levi Strauss & Co., Nike and Subaru, and published by The New York Times and Le Monde. Bee decided to pursue photography as a full-time career after unsuccessfully applying to study at Cooper Union in New York City.
Her work is largely focused on her own life and that of her friends; Kurt Soller of New York described her work as "dreamy, seventies-inspired photographs of maybe-wasted, increasingly famous young people who just want to have fun, injected with ombré washes of color (often pink)", while Kathy Sweeney of The Guardian observed that "Bee finds a dreamlike, innocent colour in her friends' gently dissolute experimentation." In an interview with Paper Magazine, Bee characterized her work as "real, obsessive emotions put in a pop context." Her photographs often diverge from the rule of thirds, instead placing subjects in the center of the frame.
- Kids in Love. New York City: Aperture, 2016. ISBN 978-1597113458. With an interview by Tavi Gevinson.
- Bee, Olivia (April 5, 2011). "seventeen". Olivia Bee. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
- Kellner, Amy (November 23, 2011). "Our Teenage Photographer of Teenage Lust". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
- Soller, Kurt (February 9, 2013). "The Very Rapid Rise of the Very Precocious Photographer Olivia Bee". New York. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
- Jones, Syndney; Hauth, Sophie (28 November 2016). "Capturing the Light". Grant Magazine. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
- Sweeney, Kathy (February 23, 2013). "Olivia Bee: 'People Don't take me seriously – until they see me work'". The Guardian. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
- House, Kelly (May 29, 2012). "Portland's Olivia Bolles, 18, attracts attention in professional photography world". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
- Lanz, Desiree (July 23, 2011). "Young Photographer Succeeds At Snapping Away". Neon Tommy. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
- Sidell, Lainey (April 1, 2016). "Photographer Olivia Bee on Shooting "Kids in Love"". Paper Magazine. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
- Little, Myles (September 9, 2011). "Smells Like Teen Spirit: Tavi Gevinson Interviews Olivia Bee". Time. Retrieved June 18, 2012.