Oliver Schwarzwald is a storyteller, telling tales through his images. These could be inspired by many things – experiences, memories, important and less important observations – and are expressed through a variety of techniques. As Schwarzwald himself says: “different messages need different executions”. Born in Gdansk, and now resident in Hamburg, his often fantastical and surreal tales are composed with a precise and meticulous attention to detail – and particularly to the lighting of the image. His work is unified by the sensation of serenity which one gains through “arousing small, simple feelings”.


  • Lead Award Gold 2004 still life photography,
  • KTR Award Poland,
  • German Art Directors’ Club Silver Award,
  • IF Communication Award
  • Sony World Photography Award (Still Life Professional: Silver)


  • 2011 Leica Exhibition "Cosy Up", Recom Berlin
  • 2011 Arbeitsmuseum Norrköping, Schweden
  • 2013 Limited Edition Design Gallery, Hamburg
  • 2014 Subject Matter Art, London
  • 2016 Sony World Photography Award, London / Peking / Berlin


Selected Clients: Arte, BMW, VW, Unilever, Bionade, Deutsche Bahn, Procter & Gamble, Mc Donalds, Jägermeister, Davidoff Cafe, Davidoff Cognac, Martell, Nomos, NyaNordiska, Zentis, Vitra, Weihenstephan, WallpaperStore, Wempe, Edeka, IKEA, Hornbach, Fazer, Breuninger, Spiegel, Figaro, Feld Hommes, Loved & Found, Zeit Magazin, SZ Magazin, Four Magazin, Le Pan, Stern, A&W, NZZ, Lufthansa Magazine Exklusiv.