lucien herve

agnès b. is pleased to present Kids in Love, the first New York solo exhibition by photographer Olivia Bee, at the agnès b. Galerie Boutique in SoHo, New York. The exhibition is comprised of 28 color and black-and-white photographs that Bee has taken of friends and people she loves and adores, captured through the artist’s intimate and personal lens.

Once described as “Ryan McGinley on MDMA” by Elle magazine, 20-year-old Bee is unlike other young, contemporary photographers charmed by youth because she does not play the role of voyeur into the lives of her subjects. “There’s so much trust in these photographs,” Bee says of her photos, “everyone sees eye to eye and is on the same level.”

Photography fell into Olivia Bee’s life at the age of 11 when she began to share her first works on the photo-sharing site Flickr, and by age 13, Bee had become a photographer. In the few years since, Bee has photographed for companies such as Converse, Levi’s and Hermès. Her work has been featured in many publications including The New York Times, Vice, Numero, and Harper’s Bazaar Germany.

In 2013 she gave her second TEDx talk in Athens, Greece; her first was in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 2012. But whether she’s snapping a glossy ad campaign for Roger Vivier shoes or directing a film of her best friends, her work never fails to beautifully capture both the playful and dramatic side of being a young woman.

A teary-eyed self-portrait, friends skateboarding, a captured underwater kiss; these are the dreamy episodes of a life that Bee lives and simultaneously captures in Kids in Love. With a penchant for grabbing her subjects in scenes of nature, her digital and film photographs often focus on tiny, ordinary moments of teenager’s daily life which she treats with respect and romanticism.

What Bee tries to capsulate in her photos is the magic of living on a teetering line between being a child and being an adult. “These pictures embody youth and freedom and love all in one place,” says Bee. “They’re fleeting moments of beauty in times like high school and early adulthood that can be very confusing.”

Born in Portland, Oregon, Bee lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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