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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.

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CONTACT

EMAIL: INFO@OLEGTOLSTOY.COM

INSTAGRAM & TWITTER: @OLEGTOLSTOY

PHONE: +44 (0) 7766756589

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AWARDS

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

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EDUCATION

London College Of Communication - BA (Hons) Photography (2009) 2:1 

FEATUERS & INTERVIEWS

Creative Review

Abduzeedo

Hunger Magazine

Huck

VICE

Saatchi and Saatchi

Wired.jp

It's Nice That 

ADWEEK

tmrw 

Fast Company Design

Russia Beyond 

The Guardian 

LensCulture

Wired.Jp

Post Pravda Magazine

Untitled Magazine

So Bad So Good

Time Out

Pushkin House

Calvert Journal 

Daily Mail

The Evening Standard 

Regia Magazine 

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PUBLICATIONS

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

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TALKS

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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EXHIBITIONS

Solo

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

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

Group

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

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