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Hatje Cantz

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Hardcover, 9.5 x 12 in. / 240 pgs / 300 color.

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Munich, Germany
Kunsthalle of the Hypo-Kulturstiftung, 03/19/21–08/22/21

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Erwin Olaf: Strange Beauty

Edited by Roger Diederen. Text by Daniel Hornuff, Anja Huber, Claudia Peppel, Franziska Stöhr, Estelle Vallender.

Erwin Olaf: Strange Beauty

A 40-year survey of lush portraits and eerie genre scenes from the celebrated Dutch photographer

A Los Angeles Times 2021 holiday gift guide pick

The work of Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf (born 1959) is recognizable for its high-gloss aesthetic value and compositional precision, all staged down to the smallest detail. His large-scale portraiture and genre scenes are by turns sensual and surreal; each photograph appears as though it could be a frame lifted from a film.
Over the course of his creative career, Olaf has worked as a photojournalist and a fashion photographer as well as a fine art photographer: the confluence of these disciplines informs his signature style of imagery that hints at a darker narrative behind an immaculate varnish. Midcentury advertisements and his own past as a participant in the 1980s club scene also serve to inform the aesthetic that Olaf has painstakingly cultivated over the past four decades. His scenes frequently feature beautiful sitters cast in painterly light; the jewel tones and rich variants of mahogany and chestnut are evocative of a different era without feeling dated.
This volume is published alongside Olaf’s first comprehensive solo exhibition in Germany, providing readers with an in-depth understanding of his multifaceted career through quality reproductions.


"Palm Springs, The Family Visit, The Niece" (2018) is reproduced from 'Erwin Olaf: Strange Beauty.'

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Christopher Knight

Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf brings a commercial photographer’s clean, burnished sensibility to richly produced pictures with narrative implications that are never clear-cut. The result: Imagination is unleashed as a viewer is seduced into wanting to know something that’s unlikely ever to be fully revealed.

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