Olivia Fernandez was born in Bordeaux, France and studied Economics and Finance at the University of Paris Dauphine. In 2015, she quit her job to pursue photography and moved to New York. She studied at the International Center of Photography and graduated from the creative practices program in 2017 and the documentary photography and visual-journalism program in 2018. Her work has won the PDNedu Grand Prize of the 2018 Student Photo Contest in the landscapes category and received honorable mentions from the International Monochrome Awards as well as the Analog Photographique Awards, Life Framer Awards, and the International Photography Awards. Her pictures have been part of the ICP group shows in 2017 and 2018 as well as the Humble Arts Foundation online show on loss in April 2019 and the TooTiredProject show on depression at the Vermont Center for Photography in May 2019. In 2018 she worked on a photography project sharing stories of individuals in New York City who had attempted suicide and a short documentary film which resulted in an event and panel discussion with specialists on mental health.