Erwin Olaf, Hardback



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
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  • Category: Individual photographers
  • ISBN: 9781597110617



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