Erwin Olaf

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Erwin Olaf
Erwin Olaf Springveld.jpg
Born Erwin Olaf Springveld
(1959-07-02) 2 July 1959 (age 58)
Hilversum, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Occupation Photographer
Public toilets designed by Rem Koolhaas and Erwin Olaf in Groningen

Erwin Olaf Springveld (born 2 July 1959), professionally known as Erwin Olaf, is a Dutch photographer.[1]

Erwin Olaf Springveld was born on 2 July 1959 in Hilversum in the Netherlands.

Springveld 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, Springveld'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.[citation needed]

His work has received many awards[4] and he has held exhibitions around the world.[5]

Springveld 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 Wagner + Partner, Berlin; Flatland Gallery, Utrecht; Hamiltons Gallery, London; Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris; Gallery Espacio Minimo, Madrid ; and many others.

Springveld designed the 2014 Dutch euro coins with the portrait of King Willem-Alexander.[6]


  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" (PDF). Bernstein & Andriulli. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  5. ^ "Erwin Olaf Awards and Exhibitions". Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  6. ^ (in Dutch) Koning Willem-Alexander slaat nieuwe Nederlandse euromunten, Dutch government, 2013. Retrieved on 3 July 2014.

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