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The Magda Danysz Gallery and Flatland Gallery present the worldwide famous photographer Erwin Olaf. In his most recent series, Grief, it is as if "everything stops before the music starts". As one of the most talented photographer he is in the most prestigious collections as the Ludwig Museum, Groninger Museum, Art+Public and the Margulies, and has shown in museums as the Moscou Museum of modern art, the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum, the Toronto MOCCA or the Paris MEP.

In his most recent series, Grief, it is as if "everything stops before the music starts"

As Jonathan Turner puts it "In his portrait photographs Amsterdam-based artist Erwin Olaf plays games with the idea of cold reality versus cruel artifice. His recent imagery is based on American aristocracy in the early 1960s. It blends journalistic details with staged emotions. In Grief, Olaf's latest series currently on show, solitary figures brood in tearful silence, capturing that precise moment when innocence, hope and joy were all lost. Nothing is as it seems and in Erwin's recreated world, nothing is real."

"Grief is a series about the choreography of emotion, and what you can create in the studio," says Erwin Olaf.

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Erwin Olaf
GRIEF