Erwin Olaf: “Own” the Book Featuring Complete Work To Date

 

Own Cover, from the Series Portraits in Paradise

 

Erwin Olaf is one of the greatest Dutch photographers known for his mastery of light and overflowing imagination. His is photography as Art, or very close indeed.  It is really not surprising that this year Olaf was awarded the Vermeer prize, the highest  award of distinction to artists in the Netherlands.

Olaf’s claim to fame came with the series “Chessmen” in 1987 displaying Goya-esque imagination and another series “Squares” of  highly aesthetic erotic images. Provocative. Perfectly mis-en-scene.

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Blend Magazine: The Arab Leap

 

Amsterdam based Blend magazine is a referential bible for the arty scene here in the Netherlands covering underground/alternative fashion, music, arts and culture. Run by the young people it prides itself on shining the spotlight on the talented unknowns.

I have always appreciated their fashion mis-en-scene and styling. Provocative. Unorthodox. With a very distinct aesthetic and obvious gay erotica undertones.

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Anton Corbijn Inwards and Onwards: an Exhibition not to be Missed

 

I find that black and white photography is much more powerful. And expressive. And honest.

And done by a master like Anton Corbijn it becomes art.

His new exhibition of portraits currently at Foam in Amsterdam is nothing but that. Portraits of artists series was born out of Corbijn’s fascination with the creative process and the accompanying pain and struggle.

Very graphic, stripped of the superfluous these portraits capture the very essence of the subject —

all big names from the field of arts, music, sports, public life.

Corbijn is no voyeur, neither is he a dazzled admirer. Undoubtedly a great reader of character he achieves total fusion with his subject, to the point that you forget that there’s a photographer between you two.

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