Erwin Olaf
Dutch, born 1959
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Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2018
Shanghai by Erwin Olaf,
Danysz Gallery
2017
Great Journeys: The Magnum Square Print Sale In Partnership With Aperture,
Magnum Photos
2016
Cell of Emotions,
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga

Known primarily for producing lush, large-format color prints of staged scenes that suggest complex narratives, Erwin Olaf explores ideas of gender, sensuality, and history in studio photography and photojournalism. His series “Fashion Victims” (2000) offers commentary on the consumerism of sex and designer labels, while “Separation” (2003) portrays an introverted family in a sterile interior space. More recently, Olaf produced “Berlin”, a series of images shot at historical locations around the German capital, including at its Olympic Stadium, and featuring Aryan children performing authoritarian roles. Of the series, which hints obliquely at Berlin’s troubled past, he has said, “I want the viewer to come up with their own story and create his or her fantasy.” Olaf has also produced film and video installations, and has photographed advertising campaigns for international companies …

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