What I want to show most of all is a perfect world with a crack in it. I want to make the picture seductive enough to draw people into the narrative, and then deal the blow.

Erwin Olaf

Publication: Erwin Olaf – I Am

A major publication, Erwin Olaf – I Am, will appear in conjunction with the double exhibition. Containing no fewer than 240 photographs, from his early series like Chessmen and Blacks, right through to his most recent series shot in 2018 in Palm Springs. The publication contains an introduction by Wim van Sinderen (Gemeentemuseum Den Haag) and essays by Francis Hodgson (professor of the Culture of Photography at the University of Brighton), Mattie Boom (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam), Laura Stamps (Gemeentemuseum Den Haag) and Lesley A. Martin (Aperture). The publication will appear in four languages. Hannibal Publishing will publish the Dutch and French editions, Aperture the English edition and Koenig Books the German edition.

Personal audiotour

An audiotour recorded by Erwin Olaf himself will be available for the exhibition at the Museum of Photography. The tour is available in Dutch and English, and costs €3.50.

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