Erwin Olaf

Erwin Olaf – Hope series, The Hallway (2005)

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Erwin Olaf (1959) is a Dutch photographer from Hilversum, he now works and lives in Amsterdam.

Hope captures a frozen moment – one of expectation and longing – which allows the observer to wonder what the subjects are thinking about, or dreaming of.

Particularly influenced by the early 1960’s, the décor, hairstyles, clothing and lighting make reference to this era and are further underscored by the diluted colour palette of avocado greens, subtle lilacs and oranges. Olaf was inspired by this period of social change, by the rise of feminism and the middle class, the seeming globalisation of the world and the pervasive influence of television. Olaf has a strong and haunting memory of the assassination of John F Kennedy, which he refers to in this series.

The Hallway by Erwin Olaf in passe-partout from the ‘Hope’ series.
Lambda print
Size photograph: 27 x 35 cm
Size passe-partout: 36 x 43 cm
Edition of 15
Made in 2005
Signed on the passe-partout and on the reverse of the photograph

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