Oliver Klink selected as Top 200 at Critical Mass 2017 – On to the final round

From Photolucida jurors:
A big congratulations from all of us here at Photolucida! Your images made it to the Top 200 and will be moving on to the final phase of Critical Mass. If you are not on the list, please know that your work was seen and appreciated by a great group of pre-screening jurors. Thank you for doing the work, putting it out there, and being part of this great community!
It is the second year in a row that my images have been selected to the Top 200, with last year being selected as Top 50. The aim of Critical Mass is to provide participants with career-building opportunities and to promote the best emerging and mid-career artists working today. Critical Mass is about exposure, connection, and community – as well as some very notable awards!
What is my new project about: I am Yi (see more images)

Why care about remote cultures, their living conditions, and their customs? Is it nostalgia? “Is it a humanitarian impulse to use pictures to educate and change the world, not just to record”?

The Yi are the poorest Chinese minority living in the remote mountains of the Sichuan province. They strive to survive, to support each other and to protect their culture from modernization. Education, perceived as a disruption, is a path to a “better life”, but offered only to the eldest two children. The large number of younger children simply take care of their siblings. Their future, bleak at best, can rapidly take a turn for the worst.

What seem uncontrollable changes of the world we live in are magnified by their isolation. Environmental disaster, such as the Sichuan earthquake of 2008, which killed 69,000 people, changed the dynamic of the region to either abandonment or on the contrary to “build up” for commercialization. The Yi are proud of who they are and changes to their lifestyle make them homesick.

Are their stories and situations unique? They may or may not be, but they are real. Spending time traveling thru their land, you are on an emotional roller coaster, ranging from rejection, to resentment, to intrusion. The acceptance seldom felt, reminds us that changes in life are hard to accept, that the understanding of each other’s genuine feelings takes time and should prevail over commercial cynicism.

Do their struggles invite us to remember our past, to draw parallels to the changes of our modern society? History repeats, but is forgotten until visible in front of our eyes and soul. I felt I travelled thru time and found a piece of my own history. I cared about the people I photographed, perhaps anticipating what would be next for them.

Are we Yi in our own world?

Oliver Klink published in the Campanile Newspaper

Article by Kaylie Nguyen (published on September 14, 2017) – Read More

Javeena and Ganesha – Piezography Ink 2016

Once a year, tens of thousands of people mill around the streets of downtown Palo Alto to enjoy the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts. Hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the festival celebrated its 36th year on Aug. 26 and 27.

This community event brings together 300 artists and crafters from all different background and places, each with his or her own story and inspiration.

Photographer Oliver Klink, a seven-year veteran to the festival, incorporates the message of “don’t forget today for a better tomorrow” in his art.

Klink, who is originally from Switzerland, first began photography when his father gave him a camera at 7 years old. They would go hiking together and take photographs in the Swiss Alps.

Klink’s turning point in his career, however, was when he began to study physics and photography. After getting his masters in physics, Klink learned to manipulate light in his pictures.

Klink’s favorite photograph he has taken, called “Javeena,” shows a young girl stroking an elephant.

“I think [the photograph shows] the bond between humans and animals,” Klink said. “If everyone bond[s] this way, the world would be better.”

Klink especially likes to capture elephants because “they are very charismatic and giant, but in danger.” Through his works, Klink reminds people of the beauty of things that are forgotten by society.

“We all get entangled in modernization and our busy lives that we

forget about today.”

Oliver Klink

“We all get entangled in modernization and our busy lives that we forget about today,” Klink said. “If we preserve today, we’d get a much better tomorrow.”

Published in the Campanile – September 14, 2017

Exhibition at BWGallerist starting on September 1, 2017


PRESS RELEASE: August 31, 2017

September 1 – 30, 2017 – BWGallerist

One of our outstanding up and coming fine art photographers is West Coast resident Oliver Klink.

Oliver’s work has been published with National Geographic, Days of Japan, Black & White magazine, Popular Photography magazine, among others. In 2016, he was selected as Critical Mass Top 50 fine art photographer, “Best of the best” emerging fine art photographer by BWgallerist, and received People’s Choice award from Black and White Magazine single image contest. In 2014, his image “Herding Instinct” won the grand prize at the Rayko International Photo contest. Oliver is a master of the new digital printing process called Piezography. Originally from Switzerland, Oliver currently resides in Los Gatos, California with his wife.

“Consequences” addresses the current threats to natural and cultural diversity, sites where modernity, tradition, and wild lands collide. It is an elegy for what is vanishing and a celebration of those cultures resilient enough to maintain their vibrancy. As we drift toward a blandly amorphous, generic world, as cultures disappear and life becomes more uniform, we as a people and a species, and Earth itself, are deeply impoverished. The images take the viewer on a roller coaster ride of aesthetic of disappearance, with hope that the fading traditions are not permanent and irreversible.

Now through September 30.

Click here to view the online exhibit

The full portfolio can be viewed here.

Honorable Mention: Monovision Award 1st Annual Contest (For Consequences Project)

Press Release: August 20, 2017

Oliver Klink’s Consequences project received an Honorable Mention at the Monovision 1st Annual Award.

The panel of judges consisted of Eve Janprasert, Silvan Fässler, Sara Sandström, Conny Dietzshold, Martin Stavars, Caroline Gentsch, Matilde Tiriticco, Sinar Photography, Peter Martin, Maria Oliva, Michael Itkoff, Ann Kristin Plüss and Simon Schwarzer.

Oliver Klink “Circus – Fantasy and Illusion” to be published in “Seeing in SIXES 2017”

I received the exciting news from Brooks Jensen & Maureen Gallagher from LensWork that my body of work “Circus – Fantasy and Illusion” is going to be published in their “Seeing in SIXES 2017” book.

Per their own words: “Congratulations! This is quite an accomplishment, as only 50 projects were selected from an astonishing number of entries.”

The book (312 pages) is already available for pre-order ($34.95 +tax and shipping). http://www.lenswork.com/sixes

Circus – Fantasy and Illusion is currently exhibited at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel until September 3 and at Mundos Cafe in Monterey until August 11.

For more information on the exhibits time and date click here

Oliver Klink.

2017 Rfotofolio: Oliver Klink Selected as one of the artists!

July 9, 2017 – Rfotofolio announces their 2017 Artist Selection.

We are pleased to share that your work was selected in the 2017 Rfotofolio Call as one of the Rfotofolio selections. Thank you for sharing your work. We will be in touch for an interview in the coming weeks.

Best Regards, 

C. Rosenthal 

Artists Reception at Mundos Cafe: Fantastic turn out!

It was fantastic to see so many people at the Artists Reception. The place was packed with photo aficionado, admiring the work of three photographers traveling to the same place and displaying exciting images. Their style is uniquely different but all the images make you want to travel to these locations. The richness of India is amazing!

Mundos Cafe is the perfect place for the exhibit and reception. The atmosphere is welcoming and the food is truly rated as one of the best sandwich places in the Monterey Bay. https://www.yelp.com/biz/mundos-sandwich-and-burger-house-monterey.

The show is up until August 11. Don’t miss it!

Mary, Chester and Oliver.

(Sorry to all the people that came to the reception and are not featured in the picture. Next time we will take out our camera sooner!)



Mundos Cafe: Opening Reception hours extended + Dinner with the Artists

“Spirits of India” opens on July 6 at Mundos Cafe in Monterey. Due to popular demand, we have extended the opening reception from 4 to 6PM and have added the opportunity to have dinner with the artists, starting at 6PM. There is limited seating. Please reserve at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spirits-of-india-artists-reception-dinner-with-artists-tickets-35870999124

  1. How did the show come together?

The show, “Spirits of India”, came together as a result of Chester and Mary joining the travel photography workshops (www.incredibletravelphotos.com) organized by Oliver to discover “hidden gems” of India. Traveling for a few weeks at a time, we discovered how the rich history of India is still vividly present in their culture and daily life.

The focus of our photographic endeavor was influenced by the book “A Passage to India” by E.M. Forster, who makes frequent references to animals in India. These animals gave impetus for growth, served as a conduit of love and unity and symbolized Indian culture. Through the variety of animals portrayed in this novel, we begin to comprehend the complexity and spirit of India itself.

“Spirits of India” is a compilation of images of Elephants and Marwari Horses, depicted in various artistic styles. Chester’s journalistic views of the cultural interaction between man and beast draw the viewer in; Mary’s equine photography expertise (www.maryaiu.com) give the viewer the feel of the power of the animals and their unique inward-turning ear tips; and Oliver’s fine art representation (www.oliverklinkphotography.com) ties the historical India with the joyful bound of humans and animals. Collectively, we were inspired by past and present stories of these two animals and concerned about what the future holds for them.

  1. How did the venue come to be chosen?

When we first discussed the concept of the show, we were very interested in displaying our images at a venue, where it was accessible to everybody, a place where people come regularly, where they eat, where they mingle with friends, where they share their stories, where they create a “local” culture. The idea was to find a local venue that is an extension of our theme.

Chester came with the idea of Mundos Café. The location, owns by Fernando Mundos, caters to regular customers who enjoy the food, the atmosphere, and camaraderie. The exhibition space is conducive to discussion and return visits as the place is open daily from 10AM – 7PM (5PM on weekends).

The more time you see “Spirits of India” the more subtleties you will notice in the work, the interconnections between the three artists, their though process. The show transports you to a subconscious level, where you can feel the spirits of the animals.

All three artists have been extensively exhibited, with shows at the Center for Photographic Art (Carmel), Pacific Grove Art Center (Pacific Grove), Carmel Foundation Gallery (Carmel), various galleries in San Francisco, Hayward, Palo Alto and San Jose, and even as far as Sacramento, New York, Buenos Aires, Paris, Switzerland.

We are very proud of premiering the “Spirits of India” at Mundos Café.

  1. Why these two animal subjects? 

 Elephants are the preeminent symbols of strength, wisdom, intelligence and royalty. In the 4,000 years since domestication, elephants significantly shaped human history in areas ranging from warfare, religion and culture to the economy. They have been worshiped in the Hindu religion and throughout the folktales of Ganesh, the elephant-headed God of wisdom and intellect.

As in the Ganesh folktale, the survival of elephants is in great danger due to the pressures from hunting, habitat loss and other human–elephant conflicts. From an historical context, their cultural stature today seems diminished as well. Are these animals, once adorned in regality, now simply reduced to a commercial role in tourism?

The Marwari horses are still revered in the India culture. Native to the Marwari region (Rajasthan, India), the Marwari horse is a rare breed known for its hardiness. A descendant of native Indian ponies crossed with Arabian horses, the Marwari are uniquely recognized by their inward-turning ear tips.

Historically the horses were used to combat elephants and were also instrumental in shaping Indian history. Their breeding followed such a strict selective process that they were referred to as divine beings, known on the battlefield for their bravery and loyalty. After near extinction following the arrival of the British in India in the early 1600’s, the Marwari horses are now making a comeback. What does their future hold for them?

We share the beauty of these animals and the connection that still exists between these magnificent beasts and mankind. Our hope is their existence will continue to thrive as we share this planet as one.

More information can be found at: http://www.oliverklinkphotography.com/Exhibits/Mundos

Spirits of India featured in the Monterey County Weekly

By Walter Ryce (June 29, 2017)

Spirits of India • Mundos Cafe

Mary Aiu of Carmel photographs horses around the world as the basis for photomontages. Oliver Klink of Los Gatos uses physics to capture light, our ecosystems and the modern world. Chester Ng of Monterey focuses on dance, motion, abstract and cultural themes. The three of them convened on a tour of India and brought back something of the spirit and history of the place by photographing elephants and Marwari horses. This is that show, in a venue that was formerly an art gallery and is still conducive to art. 4-5pm Thu, July 6, artists reception; 170 Webster St., Monterey, 920-1400.


Quote from a customer: “I am overwhelmed by emotion”

As a fine art photographer, I try to evoke feelings, to make images that are much bigger than us. For the image Javeena and Ganesha, the impact of strong bond between animals and humans, the meaning of the future of young girls in developing countries, the pure love and respect for each other, and so much more was deeply felt.

But nothing could fulfill the acceptance of the image as much as the following quote from Sameen: “I wish I could have told you yesterday how much your photos of Javeena and Ganesha touched me.  I couldn’t, because everytime I tried to talk about it, I was overwhelmed by emotion and was going to cry.  I am not sure what it is about your work that touched me so strongly.  I have never experienced that before when looking at anyone’s art.  But there is something you have managed to capture that had a profound impact on me.

Thank you so much for what you do and what you are doing for that sweet young girl.  I am a high school math teacher and value education so much.  We need more people in the world like you.  Especially these days. Stay golden, ” – Sameen (June 2017)
Thank you Sameen. Quotes like yours truly make my photography meaningful and sharable.
The image is available as a limited edition. More information can be found at www.oliverklinkphotograpy.com
Thank you Sameen … Your kind words really touch me.

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