These vibrant exhibitions cover the life and work of one of the most interesting female photographers of last century. Witty through her letters, innovative and entrepreneurial in her career and independently minded in both her private and public life she brought vitality and empathy to her subjects.
Olive lived in Sheringham for over fifty years with a local studio based in the town but also worked in London. Coming from a professional family she surprised her contemporaries by photographing fishermen as well as politicians and royalty with equal skill and pleasure.
A thirst for adventure saw her travel to the Far East, and the Amazon and in 1919 she took photographs of British female medical workers in France – this forming the subject matter of The Road to Ypres and ensuring her position as Britain’s first female war photographer.
At home she was the family breadwinner and was an example to her workforce of mainly female employees in a period when career women were the exception to the rule.
She embraced all the emerging techniques of colour technology and the evidence of her passion is embodied in the collection of work she left behind.
These two exhibitions provide insight into the work and personality of an extraordinary renaissance woman.