Erwin Olaf’s photos have the gloss of fashion shots and a haunting undercurrent that makes you long for more context. As he turns 60, three museums will present his work.
Mr. Olaf turns 60 this year, and three museums in the Netherlands are using the occasion as an opportunity to present retrospectives on his work. The Gemeentemuseum and the Fotomuseum, both in The Hague. are showing hundreds of his photographs in two concurrent exhibitions, “Erwin Olaf,” from Feb. 16 until May 12. At the same time, Aperture is releasing a 400-page monograph, “Erwin Olaf — I Am,”featuring his images starting in the early 1980s.