- 11 July 1911
Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia
- 27 September 2003
Cowra, New South Wales, Australia
- Professional photographer
- Alternative Names
- Cotton, Olive Edith
Olive Cotton is renowned for the pioneering photographic works she executed in the modernist style. In addition to Straight style, Cotton experimented with elements of Pictorialism. From the mid-1930s Cotton worked at the Max Dupain Studio in Sydney, where she experimented with close ups and lighting effects; during WW2 she ran this studio herself. As well as advertising and fashion photography, Cotton explored still life and landscape genres. In later life, she worked as a studio photographer in regional NSW, specialising in wedding photography and studio portraiture. After initially using a Box Brownie, Cotton used a Rolleiflex camera throughout her career.