Olaf Erwin

ERWIN OLAF

Erwin Olaf (born in Hilversum, the Netherlands, 1959) one of the most famous contemporary photographer, emerged onto the international art scene with his series Chessmen, which won the Young European Photographer of the Year award in 1988.

Starting his career as a photojournalist documenting the nightlife of the 1980s, Olaf increasingly sought and defined his own subjects, often explored in series of works in black and white (Squares, Chessmen, Blacks) and color (Mind of Their Own, Rain, Hope, Grief, Dusk, Dawn) including his latest works: Berlin, Shanghai and Palm Springs.

In most of Olaf’s work, the image exudes ambiguity and a sense of nostalgic frustration that clash with the painstaking search of perfection in the details of the representation, confirming once again the artist’s ability in re-constructing the context and the scene to the tiniest of details, with an almost movie-like attention to make-up, hairstyle, dress, forniture and ambient light.

His works can be found in the collections of the Stedelijk museum in Amsterdam, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne and the Central Museum in Utrecht, among others.

The Mother from the series “Dawn”

2009
chromogenic print
cm 121 x 230 ca. / inches 47.7 x 90.5 ca.

The Soldier from the series “Dawn”

2009
chromogenic print
cm 121 x 230 ca. / inches 47.7 x 90.5 ca.

Maria from the series “Indochine”

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

Keyhole #6 from the series “Keyhole”

2012
chromogenic print
cm 84 x 113 ca. / inches 33 x 44.5 ca.

Keyhole #12 from the series “Keyhole”

2013
chromogenic 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
chromogenic print
cm 84.5 x 64.5 ca. / inches 33.2 x 25.4 ca.

Hope Portrait #04 from the series “Hope”

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

Group Portrait #1 from the series “Indochine”

2017
Fuji Crystal Archive Digital Paper
cm 70.5 x 93.8 ca. / inches 27.7 x 36.9 ca.

The Board Room from the series “Rain”


Fuji Crystal Archive Digital Paper
cm 70 x 99.3 ca. / inches 27.5 x 39 ca.

Back

This is a unique website which will require a more modern browser to work!

Please upgrade today!

Share