Oleg Tolstoy

Oleg Tolstoy’s work is firmly grounded in the real world. An intense curiosity for social interaction and human behaviour shapes his unique visual commentary.  His imagery dives deep into raw human emotion, often singling out his subjects from densely populated scenes; whether that’s disillusioned cabbies in London, masked strangers in Tokyo, or distracted tourists in Florence.  Oleg’s projects are united by their fresh perspectives on modern life, a feature also true of his first book, The Tolstoys in the 21st Century, which was published in 2015.

Working from his studio in London, Oleg brings his frank, honest and styled approach to  both his portraiture and commercial campaigns. Sir Elton John, Cara Delevingne, Mick Jones and Andrew Lloyd Webber are among his more well known subjects, while his commercial work includes campaigns for Saatchi & Saatchi and RG/A, and clients such as Joshua Kane, Jacob's, HMV, Corona, Budweiser, Procter & Gamble and Universal Music.





PHONE: +44 (0) 7766756589



WINNER - Life Framer Night Life Award 2019

FINALIST -  LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2018

EDITORS PIC - The Independent Photographer Street Photography Award - 2018

FINALIST - LifeFramer, Street Photography Award - 2017

WINNER - LensCulture, Street Photography Award - 2016

WINNER - Moscow Foto Award - 2015

WINNER - London Collage of Communication BA (Hons), Photography Prize - 2013

SHORTLISTED - PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris - 2011

SHORTLISTED - Association of Photographers, Assistant Award. Shortlisted. Exhibition + Publication 2011

CHRITICS CHOICE - Saatchi Online Magazine by Constance Gounod - 2011

WINNER - Hotshoe Photographic Magazine Award, Recognition for series “Hands on Knees” - 2011



London College of Communication, UAL - BA (Hons) Photography (2009) 2:1 

Chelsea Collage of Art, UAL - (2008)


Its Nice That

Wired UK

Plain Magazine

Creative Boom

Asia Photo Review

Creative Review

Hunger Magazine


My Modern Met


Saatchi and Saatchi


It's Nice That 



Plain Magazine

Fast Company Design

Russia Beyond 


Asia Photo Review

The Guardian 



Post Pravda Magazine

Untitled Magazine

So Bad So Good

Time Out

Pushkin House

Calvert Journal 

Daily Mail

The Evening Standard 

Regia Magazine 



The Tolstoy In The 21st Century by Oleg Tolstoy - Published by Merrell 

The Best of LensCulture Volume 1

Commercial Photo - Japan

Olympic Opinion by Oleg Tolstoy & Edward Lucie-Smith -  Published by Elizabeth Beecher



EARLS COURT BOOK FAIR -  Oleg Tolstoy On The Tolstoys In The 21st Century - 2016

WATERSTONES PICCADILLY - The Tolstoy's In The 21st Century Book Launch - 2015

PUSHKIN HOUSE - Oleg Tolstoy with Rosamund Bartlett: Photographing The Tolstoys - 2015

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2015 - 'Who's Driving You?' (Solo Show) - Carousel, London

2014 - 'Hands On Knees' (Solo Show) Walls Gallery, Tokyo


2018 - Rencontres d’Arles in 2018 - France

2017 - Los Angeles Festival of Photography, FestFoto, Brazil - Head On Photo Festival, Sydney -Art Photo, Barcelona, Focus Photography Festival, Mumbai - Copenhagen Photo Festival -Fotoleggendo Festival Italy

2017 - Street Sans Frontières - Paris

2017 - Rencontres d’Arles in 2017 - France

2016 -LensCulture Street Photographer Award - Cameraworks, San Fransisco

2011 - The Association of Photographers Award, AOP Gallery, London

2011 - The Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4’s New Sensations and The Future Can Wait (curated by Zavier Ellis, Simon Rumley & Rebecca Wilson) - Victoria House, London

2011 - Video in Britain Today (curated by Edward Lucie-Smith) - Bermondsey Space, London

2011 - London International (curated by Zavier Ellis & Edward Lucie-Smith) - Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre, Lithuania

2011 - Contact Photo Festival (curated by Edward Lucie-Smith) - Toronto, Canada

2010 - The Future Can Wait (curated by Zavier Ellis & Simon Rumley) - Shoreditch Town Hall, London

2010 - Polemically Small (curated by Edward Lucie-Smith) - CHARLIE SMITH london, London

2010 - My Inspiration - HMV, Oxford Street, London

2009 - British Art Now (curated by Edward Lucie- Smith) -  Berlin