I first discovered Olivia Bee back in June of 2009, when she was just 15-years-old. Even at such a young age, she was coming up with images that were wonderfully through-provoking. They took you back to the time you were a teenager again, those years when you’re on the precipice of adulthood; young, free and up for any kind of adventure.
Time has passed, and now the Portland, Oregon-born photographer is 22-years-old. In between those seven years she has shot for brands like Hermès and Levi’s, and has had editorial features for Vogue and the New York Times.
She just came out with a new book called Olivia Bee: Kids in Love that showcases two of her series, Enveloped in a Dream and Kids in Love.
This first series offers a visual diary of girlhood friendship and the exploration of self, showcasing Bee’s unique ability to convey the bittersweet nostalgia of adolescence on the brink of adulthood and new possibilities. The second set of images is drawn from recent work and continues Bee’s photographic chronicle of her circle of friends and new loves, capturing both the pleasures and terrors of the fleeting passage of romanticized youth.
Just scooped mine up on Amazon.
Below, find a general selection of her work.