Olya Morvan was born in 1983 in Odessa, Ukraine. She is passionate about documentary photography and photojournalism. She has been developing her talent since 2012 with Yannick Cormier, Documentary Photographer (Trikaya Agency) and her influence include the classical photographers such as Henrie Cartier-Bresson, Josef Koudelka, Alex Webb. Olya’s unique sense of composition was enhanced through her personal projects focusing on Metro of Chennai, the religious festivals in Tamil Nadu, India, and on the Buddhist Monks in and around Ladakh, India. She followed Minnal, a homeless woman, to tell her story with all its dignity, joy and sadness in a more intimate portrait of humanity.
Since December 2013 Olya covers events in Ukraine as a photojournalist focusing on the human side of the conflict.
Since December 2015 Olya joined Hans Lucas agency.
Olya’s work has been published in Paris Match, Le Monde, Nouvel Observateur, Revista 2, Liberation, Le Point, New York Times, etc.
The photos from Ukraine were shown on screen during the photo festivals such as Visa Pour l’Image Perpignan 2014 and Bayeux-Calvados Award of war correspondents 2014.
Olya attended the 2013 Delhi Photo Festival’s Magnum workshop led by Raghu Rai and was selected to be featured in the British Journal of Photography.
February 2017 – Perspectives on the Ukrainian reality by Peace Union of Finlan. Helsinki. Finland.
February 2016 – The plague o'both your houses by Chennai Photo Biennale 2016. Chennai. India.
August 2015 – Ukraine24. War&Peace by Ukrainian Cultural Center. Hollywood. LA. USA.
June 2015 – Ukrainian Challenge, by National Museum of Taras Shevchenko. Kiev. Ukraine.
· The goal of this exhibition is showing the work of Ukrainian photographers as a part of World Press Photo 2015.
December 2014 – Moving Image, an exhibition by Pondy ART. Pondicherry. India
· The goal of this exhibition is “getting art out there”. Photographs mounted on the auto rickshaws will help carry awareness about India’s culture and traditions.
February 2014 – Children of Faith, public exhibition by Pondy ART. Pondicherry. India
· Using public venues the photographs are to build awareness of the issues challenging India today. The venue was Old Distillery on the Beach Road.
Currently based in Doha, Qatar.