Erwin Olaf by Erwin Olaf. First edition (2008). Third impression. Large format hardback in fine condition. No markings. There is a DVD at the back of the book, which contains a selection of five films by Erwin Olaf. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Erwin Olaf
Dutch photographer 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 also 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.”
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