Nadine Olonetzky was born in Zurich in 1962. She studied at the Schools of Design in Basel and Zurich. After on-the-job training on the editorial staff of the cultural magazine du she worked as an adjunct at Kunsthalle Wien and at the Fotomuseum Winterthur. She was responsible for visual arts projects at the Kulturstiftung des Kantons Thurgau for several years and was editor of the arts supplement of the literary magazine entwürfe.
Olonetzky is an author and editor and writes on topics having to do with photography, art and cultural history for publications including NZZ am Sonntag. She is a member of “kontrast”, and, since 2008, project leader and copy editor at Scheidegger & Spiess.