Erwin Olaf

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Erwin Olaf Springveld

Erwin Olaf (born Erwin Olaf Springveld on June 2, 1959, Hilversum, Netherlands) is a Dutch photographer.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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[4] and he has held exhibitions around the world.[5]

Olaf studied journalism in the School of Journalism in Utrecht.[2] His work is shown in galleries and museums all around the world, for example at Flatland Gallery, Utrecht; Hasted Hunt, New York; Hamiltons Gallery, London; Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris; Gallery Espacio Minimo, Madrid ; and many others.


  1. ^ "Profile of Erwin Olaf". Art Culture. June 5, 2008. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  2. ^ a b "Erwin Olaf Profile". Bernstein & Andriulli. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  3. ^ Carnick, Anna (February 3, 2010). "Checking In: Erwin Olaf". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  4. ^ "Biography of Erwin Olaf". Bernstein & Andriulli. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  5. ^ "Erwin Olaf Awards and Exhibitions". Retrieved 2010-11-25. 

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