Olivier Chassot was born in Fribourg, Switzerland. Surviving to more than ten years engineering studies, he started working in 2006 as a software engineer for a medical company in Switzerland.
In September 2008, his wanderlust and his desire to live outside his comfort-zone made him leave his job to join the African Union/United Nations (Peacekeeping) Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Two months later, in a case of “right place, right time,” he got the opportunity to work as the Mission’s photographer and later to lead the Mission’s Photo Unit. His work got published by AFP, Reuters as well as by international newspapers.
In December 2011, he published a book on Darfur, Between War and Peace, a photo-documentary also submitted for his Master Thesis in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, before leaving the United Nations and the region.
After a few months in South America, as a freelance photographer and consultant in communication, he started working in October 2012 as a delegate with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Central African Republic.
Olivier still works on long-term photographic projects and still hasn't fully satisfied his curiosity about other cultures and different ways of living. He hopes he never will.