Olof Jarlbro was born in 1978 in the town of Helsingborg, in the south of Sweden. At the age of 19 Olof made his military service at The Lapland Ranger Regiment in Kiruna. This is one of the world’s most northern military training locations, in Europe’s last wilderness. Were, winter temperatures average -20° C (= -5° F) with extreme temperature as low as -45° C (= -50° F). The climate is one of the toughest in the world, and the training one of the toughest in the Swedish Army. After Olof finished his army service, he directly took the plane to Nepal, to climb the Himalayas. During this trip he started making pictures and after he returned in Sweden he decided to become a photographer. At the age of 22, he left Sweden and went to New York to study at the International Center of Photography. A couple of years later he moved to Prague to study at FAMU – The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He spent years in Nepal covering the civil war and political changes but also the people’s daily life. The people’s stories motivate him to photograph, never the conflict itself. In the end of 2012, Olof crossed the borders to Syria illegally to cover the insurgent FSA-Free Syrian Army struggle against the regime. The photographs from the war in Syria got published in the book Syria: The War Within. In that book Olof depicts the rebellion’s struggles on various frontlines around Syria’s largest city Aleppo. The great amount of people affected by the war in Syria, led to the production of the book: Refuge were he follows the life of Syrian refugees in Bulgaria. His other published books include The Falling Kingdom, Stone Factory and Nepal & Mao.
Olof Jarlbro Photography produce visually stories for magazines, dailies and online news portals around the globe. But our core focus is production of books together with exhibitions and lectures that brings awareness of various global & social issues.