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.