Erwin Olaf: Fall. Essay by Jonathan Turner (text in Dutch, English, and French). Fotomuseum, The Hague/Instiut Néerlandais, Paris, 2008. Unpaged. Small folio. SIGNED and dated 14-11-2008 on title page. Stiff printed card wrappers bound cahier style. Color reproductions. |
A beautifully printed and bound catalogue published to accompany Olaf's 2008 exhibition, Rain, Hope, Grief & Fall at the Fotomuseum in The Hague and Instiut Néerlandais in Paris.
"Though the adolescents in the photographs in Fall (2008) have the stylised perfection so characteristic of Olaf’s work, they are not perfect examples of our current ideal of beauty. Their curious expressions are determined to a large extent by the fact that the images were taken as they were blinking. This makes it unclear what the models are actually feeling, what their real emotions are. The combination with still lifes of flowers and the title of the series highlight what may very well be the key theme of Fall – the transient nature of beauty. The exhibition in The Hague Museum of Photography will be the series world premiere." READ MORE
"Blinking is the moment in photography we all hate. You know – all those photos from birthdays and dinner parties when your eyes are half shut. But last year I found I was intrigued by an image I had made when a girl model blinked just as I was pushing the button.
I started to think about it. Why was this intriguing? It was about photography, and it was about a non-emotion, and yet that moment of blinking also suggested another emotion, one that was not actually there. So I started to explore it more, photographing boys and girls blinking. One of them was this boy, Felix [shown at right]".--Excerpt from Erwin Olaf's best shot, The Guardian, Thursday 26 March 2009