Olga Kravets was born in Moscow in 1984. She started working as a journalist in 2002, working in print, online and radio. In 2006 she joined the BBC Moscow bureau as a radio producer, and in 2007 she left to go freelance as a photojournalist.
In 2008 Kravets moved to Sukhumi in Abkhazia, on the Black Sea, where she spent a year covering the conflict between Russia and the former Soviet republic of Georgia. The trip resulted in a photo project called Primorsk: a Sunken Soviet City. This was about a tiny group of Russians who had to stay in a highly dangerous border area in Abkhazia after the Soviet Union collapsed, surviving on subsistence farming.
She then moved to Bosnia where she produced an body of work on the legacy of Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb army general who was on the run for 16 years, exploring the places where he had stayed, lived, operated, and hid, before completing an MA in Documentary Photography at London College of Communication.
Recently Kravets has been working on a number of on long-term projects; she is currently working on a project called Grozny:Nine Cities exploring various ascpects of two wars in Chechnya together with two other photographers, Maria Morina and Oksana Yushko.
Her work has appeared in a number of international publications: El Pais Magazine (Spain), Financial Times Deutschland, Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands), Rear View Mirror (Italy), The Globe and Mail (Canada), The New York Times, and The Observer (UK), among others.
She has also contributed to newswires, including AFP and EPA, and researched and produced several documentaries, such as “Nashi”, about pro-Putin’s youth movement “Ours” by Daya Cahen (Netherlands) and “Ingushetia: Russia’s Dirty War” by Clancy Chassay for Channel 4 (UK) about disappearances of people in Russia’s North Caucasus.
She has been awarded the Chevening Scholarship, a Rory Peck Trust Bursary, several Reuters Foundation scholarships, was a nominee of the Joop Swart Masterclass 2011, and finalist of the Aftermath Project 2010 and Manuel Rivera-Ortiz prize 2011.
Selected exhibitions include the NYPH Provocation 2011, the Palm Springs Photo Festival 2011 screening, the World Photography Festival 2011 multimedia screening.