Erwin Olaf is one of Holland's most acclaimed contemporary photographers.
Famous for his mis-en-scène and highly theatrical compositions, Olaf weaves complex and dramatic narratives into his still photographs. His work is frequently exhibited and included in numerous contemporary art and photography museums internationally.
He has been commissioned to photograph advertising campaigns for large international companies such as Levi's, Talbot Runhof, Microsoft and Nokia. Never one to shy away from controversy, his work is often daring and provocative.
In 1987 Olaf began working with film, which has since then continued to be an important medium for his art. Often these movies provide a parallel history to his color photography. In the past years Olaf's films have been screened at several leading museums and film festivals all around the world, including Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Museum at FIT, New York City.
His work has received many awards and he has held exhibitions around the world.
Erwin Olaf has had numerous important group and solo exhibition both nationally and internationally, including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Bilbao Art Centre, Spain, Groninger Museum, Netherlands, MonteVideo, Amsterdam, Modern Art Gallery of Bologna, Italy, Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, The Hague Museum of Photography, The Hague, Photo Museum Antwerp, Institut Neerlandais, Paris, Domus Artium, Salamanca, Hermitage, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and La Sucriere, Lyon.