Olaf Erwin

ERWIN OLAF

Erwin Olaf (nato a Hilversum, Paesi Bassi, 1959), uno dei più famosi fotografi contemporanei, è emerso sulla scena artistica internazionale con la serie Chessmen, che nel 1988 ha vinto il premio Young European Photographer of the Year.

Iniziando la sua carriera artistica come fotoreporter documentando la vita notturna degli anni ’80, Olaf ha cercato e definito sempre più i suoi soggetti, spesso esplorati in serie di lavori in bianco e nero (Squares, Chessmen, Blacks) e a colori (Mind of Their Own, Rain Hope, Grief, Dusk, Dawn), inclusi i suoi ultimi lavori: Berlino, Shanghai e Palm Springs.

Nella maggior parte delle opere di Olaf, l’immagine emana ambiguità e un senso di frustrazione nostalgica che si scontrano con la scrupolosa ricerca della perfezione nei dettagli della rappresentazione, confermando ancora una volta l’abilità artistica nel ricostruire il contesto e la scena fino al più piccolo dettaglio, con un’attenzione quasi cinematografica per il trucco, l’acconciatura, l’abbigliamento, i mobili e la luce ambientale.

Le sue opere si trovano nelle più importanti collezioni del mondo, tra gli altri al museo Stedelijk di Amsterdam, al museo Ludwig di Colonia e al central Museum di Utrecht.

The Family visit- The Niece from the series “Palm Springs”

2018
Digital C-print
cm 75 x 56.4 ca.

The Kite from the series “Palm Springs”

2018
Digital C-print
cm 100 x 177.8 ca.

American Dream- Self portrait with Alex 2 from the series “Palm Springs”

2018
Digital C-print
cm 100 x 178 ca.

After the Bushfire from the series “Palm Springs”

2018
Digital C-print
cm 60 x 106.7 ca.

The Pregnancy from the series “Palm Springs”

2018
Digital C-print
cm 60 x 106.7 ca.

The Bank – The Successor from the series “Palm Springs”

2018
Digital C-print
cm 60 x 60 ca.

Renee from the series “Paradise Portraits”

2001
Digital C-print
cm 56.5 x 75 ca.

Thomas from the series “Paradise Portraits”

2001
Digital C-print
cm 56.5 x 75 ca.

Jackie O. 12.29 PM from the series “Royal Blood”

2000
Digital C-print
cm 75 x 75 ca.

Jackie O. 12.30 PM from the series “Royal Blood”

2000
Digital C-print
cm 75 x 75 ca.

Poppea 65AD from the series “Royal Blood”

2000
Digital C-print
cm 75 x 75 ca.

Marie Antoinette 1973 from the series “Royal Blood”

2000
Digital C-print
cm 75 x 75 ca.

Tulips from the series “Squares”

1986
gelatin silver print on Baryta paper
cm 100 x 100 ca.

Pearls from the series “Squares”

1986
gelatin silver print on Baryta paper
cm 100 x 100 ca.

The Mother from the series “Dawn”

2009
digital C-print
cm 121 x 230 ca. 

The Soldier from the series “Dawn”

2009
digital C-print
cm 121 x 230 ca. 

Portrait 01 from the series “Dawn”

2009
Digital C-print
cm 74 x 122 ca. 

Portrait 02 from the series “Dawn”

2009
Digital C-print
cm 45 x 74 ca. 

The mother from the series “Dusk”

2009
Digital C-print
cm 121 x 130 ca. 

The soldier from the series “Dusk”

2009
Digital C-print
cm 121 x 130 ca. 

Portrait 01 from the series “Dusk”

2009
Digital C-print
cm 45 x 74 ca. 

Portrait 02 from the series “Dusk”

2009
Digital C-print
cm 45 x 74 ca. 

Maria from the series “Indochine”

2009
digital C-print
cm 70.5 x 93.8 ca. / inches 27.7 x 40 ca.

Group Portrait #1 from the series “Indochine”

2017
digital C-print
cm 70.5 x 93.8 ca. / inches 27.7 x 36.9 ca.

Cecile from the series “Indochine”

2009
digital C-print
cm 70.5 x 85.3 ca. 

Lois from the series “Indochine”

2009
digital C-print
cm 70.5 x 85.3 ca. 

Parel from the series “Indochine”

2009
digital C-print
cm 70 x 127 ca. 

Tessa & Lisa 02 from the series “Indochine”

2009
digital C-print
cm 60 x 80 ca. 

Das Wunder von Bern trifft Die Blechtrommel inmitten von 99 Luftballons – After Elbtunnel

2009
chromogenic print
cm 90 x 120 ca. / inches 35.4 x 47.2 ca.

Das Phantom der Oper trifft den Froschkoning – Portrait 1

2014
chromogenic print
cm 60 x 90 ca. / inches 23 x 35 ca.

Keyhole #12 from the series “Keyhole”

2013
digital C-print
cm 84 x 113 ca. / inches 33 x 44.5 ca.

Keyhole #11 from the series “Keyhole”

2012
digital C-print
cm 84 x 113 ca. / inches 33 x 44.5 ca.

Keyhole #07 from the series “Keyhole”

2012
Digital C-print
cm 84 x 113 ca. / inches 33 x 44.5 ca.

Keyhole #05 from the series “Keyhole”

2012
Digital C-print
cm 84 x 113 ca. / inches 33 x 44.5 ca.

Grace Portrait from the series “Grief”

2007
digital C-print
cm 60 x 80 ca.

Hope Portrait #04 from the series “Hope”

2005
Digital C-print
cm 70 x 70 ca. / inches 27.5 x 27.5 ca.

The Board Room from the series “Rain”


Digital C-print
cm 70 x 99.3 ca. / inches 27.5 x 39 ca.

The gym from the series “Rain”


Digital C-print
cm 70 x 99.3 ca. / inches 27.5 x 39 ca.

Du Mansion Portrait 01 from the series “Shanghai”

2017
Digital C-print
cm 75 x 56 ca. / inches 29 x 22 ca.

Huai Hai 116 Portrait 01from the series “Shanghai”

2017
Digital C-print
cm 75 x 56 ca. / inches 29 x 22 ca.

Fu 1088 Portrait 03 from the series “Shanghai”

2017
Digital C-print
cm 75 x 56 ca. / inches 29 x 22 ca.

Fu 1088 The Child from the series “Shanghai”

2017
Digital C-print
cm 75 x 56 ca. / inches 29 x 22 ca.

Stadtbad Neukolln, from the series “Berlin”

2012
digital C-print print
cm 181 x 120 ca.

Rathaus Schonberg, from the series “Berlin”

2012
digital C-print print
cm 60 x 90 ca.

Portrait 05, from the series “Berlin”

2012
digital C-print print
cm 75 x 56 ca.

Masonic Lodge Dahlem, from the series “Berlin”

2012
digital C-print print
cm 181 x 120 ca.

Portrait 22, from the series “Berlin”

2012
digital C-print print
cm 75 x 56 ca.

Clarchens Ballroom, Mitte from the series “Berlin”

2012
digital C-print print
cm 60 x 90 ca.

Esmeralda

1990-2002
gelatin silver print on Baryta paper
cm 100 x 134.5 ca. / inches 39 x 53 ca.

Desiree

1990-2002
gelatin silver print on Baryta paper
cm 100 x 134.5 ca. / inches 39 x 53 ca.

Still Life 01 from “Fall” series

2008
digital C-print
cm 106 x 141 ca.

Suus from “Fall” series

2008
digital C-print
cm 106 x 141 ca.

Marieke Simons from “Girls” series

1988
gelatin silver print on Baryta paper
cm 37 x 46 ca.

Sarah de Roo from “Girls” series

1991
gelatin silver print on Baryta paper
cm 37 x 44 ca.

Chessmen II from “Chessmen” series

1988
gelatin silver print on Baryta paper
cm 100 x 100 ca.

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