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It’s sprouting color, form, light and shadow. A little emotion machine. But my hand and my head are needed to start. In my subconsciousness, I press strange buttons, choose modes and spin wheels. The camera is the extension of my mind, my brain, my experience and my eyes. I’m immersing myself in technology but I’m thinking about emotions and time. Maybe I will never see this place again.

Oliver Schneider

lives and works in Berlin, Germany.  In 2024, Oliver joined his wife Julia Schiller to work on Photography in Berlin {PiB}. Together, they can be booked as ele studio for design and WordPress projects. If times allows, they ride their bikes and blog about it on the new blog Actual Colors May Vary.

Oliver started studying photography at the FH Dortmund and finished at the Hochschule für Grafik-Buchkunst in Leipzig (Diploma, Klasse für Fotografie und Medien, Joachim Brohm). In 2000, he moved to Berlin and is working as a freelance and employed art director since then.

Together with his wife Julia, he started the photography blog Actual Colors May Vary, and the curated slideshow Local Colors May Vary, combining contemporary fine-art photography and live music. They have been invited to the Belfast Photo Festival in 2013 to curate a slide show and give a talk about the festival’s theme “Spectacle” that was informed by Oliver’s theory diploma work “Wege aus dem Spektakel” about Guy Debord and the Situationist movement.



FH Dortmund (Foto-Design)
Hochschule für Grafik- und Buchkunst Leipzig (Dipl. Fotografie, Prof. Joachim Brohm)

Theory diploma work „Wege aus dem Spektakel“ about Guy Debords book „The Society of the Spectacle“ and Culture Jamming.
Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Fachbereich Fotografie, Professor Brohm, Betreuende Professorin: Beatrice von Bismarck





Dancing Darkness // Contemporary Photography
December 8, 2012 – January 18, 2013
Galerie der Patton Stiftung, Saarbrücken, Germany
Participating artists: Rachel Mrosek, Elliott Grant, Véronique VerdetTamas DobosAndré Mailänder, Lilian Riewer, Julia Schiller and Volker Schütz. Curated by Elliott Paul Grant.

Loopingstar Video Art Festival
January 12 – 24, 2013
Saarbrücken, Germany and Saargemuines, France

IN TRANSIT – The view of the other(s)
October 18 – November 30, 2012
Public space: Ostkreuz railway station / Berlin, Germany
Part of the 5th European Month of Photography Berlin / EMoP Berlin
Curated by Jaana Pruess

ASPECT: an open submission group exhibition
October 18 – November 3, 2012
TACTIC Gallery, Cork, Ireland
ASPECT: an open submission group exhibition is a part of “THERE THERE”, a photographic event in Cork, Ireland.
Curated by Pamela Condell and Padraig Spillane (Stag & Deer).

Artsolut Festival
August 16, 2011
Lido, Berlin, Germany
“Artsolut Berlin” was an interdisciplinary festival showcasing Berlin based artists from different genres such as Stefan Fähler and Camera. I showed some of my Sequences on a big cinema screen.


Online features

New Bodies
March 15, 2013
New Bodies is an archive of photographers edited by Ross Jenkinson.

Phases Magazine
March 10, 2013
Phases is an online photography magazine focusing on fresh contemporary photography.

October 4, 2012
Fototazo run by Tom Griggs is a blog about photography and a unique site combining social giving and photography.

May 9, 2012
SuperMassiveBlackHole online photography magazine (SMBHmag) is dedicated to contemporary photography and the photographic imagery resulting from the time-based processes found in many interdisciplinary art practices today. Edited by Barry W Hughes.

January 24, 2012
Urbanautica by Steve Bisson is the web independent  journal dedicated primarly to contemporary landscape photography.

January 1st, 2012
Lenscratch is a blogzine that explores contemporary photography and offers opportunities for exposure and community.

November 23, 2011
Fototazo run by Tom Griggs is a blog about photography and a unique site combining social giving and photography.

A picture a day
Jeden Tag ein neues Bild aus dem Alltag.


Print publications

fLip Magazine
July 2011
fLIP Magazine is published three times per year and each issue has an overarching theme, in this issue “Fantasy”. fLip is founded by London Independent Photography, a community organization for amateur and professional photographers, more details here.


Co-Founder of

Actual colors may vary {ACMV}, an online magazine dedicated to showcasing and promoting distinctive work primarily from an international community of emerging photographers and artists, and Local Colors May Vary {LCMV}, photography slideshows with improvised live music, both together with Julia Schiller.

Earthfaves, the social network to recommend your favorite places to friends, and LoveWaves, a platform to make ideas and products for a better world better known with the power of the crowd.



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• ADC Silver 2002, 2006
• ADC Bronze 2007
• ADC Auszeichnung 2006 (2x) and 2007
• Megaphon Sieger “Kampagne des Jahres” 2007
• Mobius Award Los Angeles 2005
• New York Festivals 2006: Gold and Bronze World Medal • Promax-Award New York 2002, Silver and Gold
• Internetkunstpreis der Stadtwerke Saarbrücken 1999

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