After graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in the history of art, Olivia Parker began her career as a painter. Parker became involved in photography in 1970 and remains largely self-taught, making ephemeral constructions to photograph and experimenting with the endless possibilities of light. She has had more than one hundred solo exhibitions in the United States and abroad and her work is represented in major private, corporate and museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. 

Portfolios of Parker’s work have been published in Art News, American Photographer, Camera, Camera Arts, The Sciences and other magazines in the United States, Europe and Japan. There have been three monographs of Parker's work: Signs of Life (Godine, 1978), Under the Looking Glass (New York Graphic Society, 1983), and Weighing The Planets (New York Graphic Society, 1987).  She has lectured and conducted workshops extensively in both the United States and abroad.  In 1996, Parker received a Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award.  Residencies include Dartmouth College in 1988, the MacDowell Colony in 1993 and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1997. Parker is currently making Still and Not So Still Lifes composed of expected and unexpected elements.

Selected Collections:

Wright State University Art Galleries, Dayton, OH

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO