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Caroline, 2007 Digital C-print on Kodak Endura
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Hotel, Paris (Room 1134), 2009 Lambda Print on Kodak Endura 39 X 70" © Erwin Olaf
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Hotel, Winston Salem (Room 304), 2009 Lambda Print on Kodak Endura 39 X 70" © Erwin Olaf
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Hotel, Winston Salem (Portrait of Sarah) , 2009 Lambda Print on Kodak Endura 52 X 39" © Erwin Olaf
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Di from "Royal Blood" Portfolio, 2000 Photography 8.5x8.5" © Erwin Olaf, Courtesy of OMC Gallery
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Dusk - The Mother © Erwin Olaf, courtesy of Hamiltons Gallery
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Dusk - Portrait 01 © Ewrin Olaf, courtesy of Hamiltons Gallery
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Dawn - The Mother © Erwin Olaf, courtesy of Hamiltons Gallery
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Dawn - Portrait 01 © Erwin Olaf, courtesy of Hamiltons Gallery
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Hotel Kyoto - Room 211 © Erwin Olaf, courtesy of Hamiltons Gallery
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Hotel Milan – Irma Portrait © Erwin Olaf, courtesy of Hamiltons Gallery
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© Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Magda Danysz
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Dawn_The Mother, 2010 Lambda Print 121 X 229 Cm © Erwin Olaf
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Dawn_Portrait 2, 2010 Lambda Print 121 X 74 Cm © Erwin Olaf, courtesy Flatland Gallery
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Dusk_Portrait 2, 2010 Lambda Print 121 Cm X 74 Cm © Erwin Olaf, courtesy Flatland Gallery
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Hotel | Paris - Feline portrait, 2010 Lambda Print 178 X 100 Cm © Erwin Olaf, courtesy Flatland Gallery
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Felix, 2011 Lambda-print 106 X 141 Cm © Erwin Olaf, courtesy Galerie Wagner + Partner
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© Courtesy of the artist & Art Statements Gallery
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The Keyhole, Keyhole 7, 2012 © Courtesy Flatland Gallery, Utrecht
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Olympia Stadion Westend, Self Portrait, 2012
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Berlin, Altes Stadthaus Mitte, 8th July 2012 Photograph © Erwin Olaf
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Berlin, Portrait 01, 22nd April 2012 Photograph © Erwin Olaf
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Berlin, Rathaus Schönberg, 9th July 2012 Photograph © Erwin Olaf
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Trudie (Girls) Fuji Chrystal Archive Digital Paper
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Berlin, Portrait 05 - 9th of July, 2012 Lambda Print 75 X 56 / 120 X 90 Cm © Erwin Olaf
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Clärchens Ballhaus Mitte - 10th of July, 2012 Lambda Print 60 X 90 / 120 X 181 Cm © Erwin Olaf
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Berlin, Portrait 09 - 10th of July, 2012 Lambda Print 75 X 56 / 120 X 90 Cm © Erwin Olaf
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Berlin, Portrait 07 - 10th of July, 2012 Lambda Print 75 X 56 / 120 X 90 Cm © Erwin Olaf
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Freimaurer Loge Dahlem - 22nd of April, 2012 Lambda Print 60 X 90 / 120 X 181 Cm © Erwin Olaf
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Berlin, Portrait 01 - 22nd of April, 2012 Lambda Print 75 X 56 / 120 X 90 Cm © Erwin Olaf
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Portrait 02 - 12th of September, 2012 Lambda Print 75 X 56 / 120 X 90 Cm © Erwin Olaf
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Berlin, Olympia Stadion Westend, Selbstportrait - 25th of April, 2012 Lambda Print 60 X 90 / 120 X 181 Cm © Erwin olaf
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Berlin_ Portrait 11 - 9th of July, 2012 Lambda Print 75 X 56 / 120 X 90 Cm © Erwin Olaf
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Berlin, Porträt 8, 2012 Lambda Print, Fuji Chrystal Archive Digital Paper
 75 X 56 Cm and 120 X 90 Cm © Copyright the artist / Flatland Gallery
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Fall, Felix, 2008 C-print 141 X 106 Cm © Erwin Olaf
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Fall, Still Life 1, 2008 C-print 141 X 107 Cm © Erwin Olaf
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Fall, Nikola, 2008 C-print 141 X 107 Cm © Erwin Olaf
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Fall, Still Life 4, 2008 C-print 141 X107 Cm © Erwin Olaf
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Waiting, Nairobi 3 84 X 145 Cm © Flatland Gallery
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Keyhole 3, 2011 Chromogenic Print 44 3/16 X 33 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Hasted Kraeutler
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Hilversum, Netherlands
Birth year
1959
Lives in
Amsterdam
Works in
Amsterdam
Statement

Erwin Olaf (Erwin Olaf Springveld) is a Dutch photographer. Mixing photojournalism with studio photography, Olaf emerged in the international art scene in 1988 when his series 'Chessmen' was awarded the first prize in the Young European Photographer competition. This award was followed by an exhibition at the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany. Since then Olaf has continued to explore issues of gender, sensuality, humor, despair and grace in each successive series.

Printing his early work in documentary style black-and-white, he first gradually introduced color and then digital manipulation. Video and film offered him new possibilities to explore. His first film Tadzio (1991, co-directed with painter F. Franciscus) was soon followed by comic videos for children's television, short documentaries, music clips and commissions by the Dutch National Ballet. Recently Olaf has created autonomous video works like Separation, Rain and Grief, starring models who also appear in the accompanying photo series. In the films they play a different character, as though his moving images provide a parallel history to his color photographs.

His work has been shown in many institutions like the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Frankfurter Kunstverein, the MOCCA in Toronto, Galleria Arte Moderna in Bologna, the Montevideo Institute in Amsterdam, the Sztuki Museum in Lodz, Poland, the Chelsea Art Museum in New York, the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney, the George Eastman House in New York, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the Southeastern Centre For Contemporary Art in North Carolina, the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow and Space E6 in Shenzhen, China.

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