OLAF Introduction by Jonathan Turner. Photographs by Erwin Olaf.
Amsterdam. Reflex New Art Gallery. 2007. First edition. Limited to 1,000 copies. Hardback, pictorial paper-covered boards, obi band. Unpaginated [40 pages]. 15 photographic portraits and 8 'stills', all in colour. 30.5 x 21.5mm (1¼ x 0¾"). 0.6kg. 9789071848032. English. Fine; the slightest surface rubbing to boards.
Olaf's series of filmic portraits on the reality and loneliness of grief. The book accompanied an exhibition at the Reflex New Art Gallery, Amsterdam.
'In Grief, Erwin Olaf's most recent photo series, solitary figures brood in tearful silence. Loosely based on the style of American aristocracy in the early 1960s, and more precisely, on the torment of Jacqueline Kennedy immediately after the assassination of her husband, these images blend historical detail with staged emotions.
After his previous series Rain and Hope, the 15 portraits that make up Grief provide a final chapter of Olaf's recent fascination with the visual representation of such emotions as loss, loneliness and quiet despair.
In these photographs, Olaf plays games with the idea of cold reality versus cruel artifice, capturing the precise moment when innocence, hope and joy are lost'. (from the blurb).