Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf delivers a velvet-gloved emotional impact with his highly stylized mode of image making.
His work offers a blend of mid-century modern and noir aesthetics seen through a contemporary, fashion-inflected lens.
The ambience of the series presented in this volume the first time these three bodies of work have been presented as a whole is truly enigmatic and enticing.
Olaf seduces the viewer via a mannered, restrained palette that is replete with faded avocado greens, golden-hued oranges, and subtle lilacs.
Each richly colored and sleekly composed image offers a sly reinterpretation of Norman Rockwell-like iconography and characters, manifesting a nostalgia that both burlesques and wryly celebrates America of the 1950s and 60s.
As a whole, the material investigates what critic Jonathan Turner defines as Olaf's recent fascination with the visual representation of such emotions of loss, loneliness, and quiet despair...[He] plays games with the idea of cold reality versus cruel artifice, capturing that precise moment when innocence, hope, and joy are lost.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 112 pages, 65 colour illustrations
- Publisher: Aperture
- Publication Date: 22/09/2008
- Category: Individual photographers
- ISBN: 9781597110617