Erwin Olaf

Erwin OlafI’m a sucker for fifties design and this photo book by Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf is high on my wish list. I love the way he captures some kind of mysterious sadness, drama, despair and emptiness in his pictures while on the other hand the pictures are full with visual stories. Like silent poems… You really should see for yourself.

Olaf is most famous for his commercial and personal work. He has been commissioned to photograph advertising campaigns for large international companies such as Levi’s, Microsoft and Nokia. Some of his most famous photographic series include “Grief”, “Rain”, and “Royal Blood”.

Never one to shy away from controversy, Olaf’s work is often daring and provocative. Humorously however, one of his early photographs was once expelled from a show on the basis of not containing nudity. His work has received many awards and he has held exhibitions around the world. Erwin Olaf studied journalism in the School of Journalism in Utrecht.

His work is shown in galleries and museums all around the world, for example at Wagner + Partner, Berlin; Flatland Gallery, Utrecht; Hamiltons Gallery, London; Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris; Gallery Espacio Minimo, Madrid; and many others.

Visit his website here.


© E. Olaf – The Hallway


© E. Olaf – The Classroom


© E. Olaf – The Kitchen


© E. Olaf – The Practice