Olivier Meyer is a contemporary French photographer born in 1957. He lives and works in Paris, France.
His photo-journalism was first published in France-Soir Magazine and subsequently in the daily France Soir in 1981. Starting from 1989, a selection of his black and white photographs of Paris were produced as postcards by Éditions Marion Valentine.
He often met the photographer Édouard Boubat on the île Saint-Louis in Paris and at the Publimod laboratory in the rue du Roi de Sicile. Having seen his photographs, Boubat told him: "at the end of the day, we are all doing the same thing...". When featured in the magazine Le Monde 2 in 2007 his work was noticed by gallery owner Charles Zalber who exhibited his photographs at the gallery Photo4 managed by Victor Mendès.
His work is in the tradition of humanist photography and Street photography using the same material as many of the forerunners of this style: Kodak Tri-X black and white film, silver bromide prints on baryta paper, Leica M3 or Leica M4 with a 50 or 90 mm lens. The thin black line surrounding the prints shows that the picture has not been cropped.
His inspiration came from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Édouard Boubat, Saul Leiter. His portrait of Aguigui Mouna sticking his tongue out like Albert Einstein, published in postcard form in 1988, and subsequently as an illustration, in a book by Anne Gallois served as a blueprint for a stencil work by the artist Jef Aérosol in 2006 subsequently reproduced in the book VIP. His photographs were exhibited at the Photo4 gallery in Paris in April 2008, and again in January 2010 together with photographs by Ralph Gibson.
In September 2012, the Dupif gallery in Paris held an exclusive exhibition of his work to mark the publication of the book Paris, Nothing new.
C'est le photographe Edouard Boubat, qu'il rencontre fréquemment sur les ponts de l'Ile Saint Louis à Paris qui lui dit un jour : "finalement, nous faisons tous la même chose"(The photographer Edouard Boubat, who he often met on the bridges of Saint-Louis Island in Paris, once told him: "at the end of the day, we are all doing the same thing")
Olivier Meyer, photographe humaniste dans la lignée des Doisneau et Ronis (Olivier Meyer, humanist photographer in the tradition of Doisneau and Ronis)
Inspired by the geometry of Henri Cartier-Bresson, by the humanism of Edouard Boubat (...) I am moved by the poetry of Saul Leiter, modern-day alchemist who transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary
Ce document "Aguigui tirant la langue à la façon du Dr Einstein et présentant dans la rue son journal le Mouna Frères" a fait l'objet d'une carte postale éditée en 1988 (This photograph of Aguigui sticking his tongue out like Einstein and displaying his journal Le Mouna Frères in the street was produced as a postcard in 1988)
Son travail s'inscrit dans la continuité de la street photography et de la photographie humaniste (His work is in the tradition of Street photography and Humanist photography)
Les sujets classifiés composent un puzzle de Paris intemporel, façon Georges Perec (The different themes make up a jigsaw showing timeless aspects of Paris, in the manner of Georges Perec)