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Olivia Kachman

Olivia Kachman
Olivia Kachman

Artist Biography

Olivia Kachman was born in Edmonton in 1978 and was raised on a rural acreage southwest of Edmonton where she developed a true appreciation for nature throughout her childhood. Upon completing her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta in 1999, she has traveled and taught English literature, ESL, science and biology in classrooms in Japan, England and Canada.

In a decisive moment, Olivia vowed to follow her lifelong dream of becoming a photographer and enrolled in the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (N.A.I.T.) two-year Photographic Technology program, graduating with Distinction in 2006. Her passion for photojournalism awarded her Student Portfolio of the Year from the Western Canadian News Photographer’s Association and a summer internship with the Edmonton Journal, followed by a staff position as photographer at the Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune from 2006-2007. Subsequently, Olivia created her own photography business, Visual Cocktail, taught photography classes at the Centre for Creative Arts and was a substitute teacher for both the public and county school boards while residing in Grande Prairie.

Olivia’s passion for collecting the stories of the residents of the Peace country and exploring various frontier and environmental themes using multimedia motivated her to apply for grants and create Out of the Blue & Into the Red from 2007-2009. She currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta.