Erwin Olaf

Erwin Olaf is one of Holland’s most acclaimed contemporary photographers. Famous for his mis-en-scène and highly theatrical compositions, Olaf weaves complex and dramatic narratives into his still photographs. His work is frequently exhibited and included in numerous contemporary art and photography museums internationally.

‘After Rodin’ was commissioned in 2016 by the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands. The series pays homage to the founder of modern sculptor and Impressionist artist August Rodin by photographing members of the Dutch National Ballet replicating some of Rodin’s masterpieces. 


Each image is named after a respective sculpture which inspired the dancers’ pose. Olaf further pays tribute to the French master and his use of marble, bronze and stone by posing his subjects against a sparse, stone background which reflects the sculptural characteristics of the dancers.