Recently I discovered Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf for the second time. The first time I saw his work was in the eighties. I remember pictures of people with metal hooks through their bodies, a princess Di lookalike with a bloody tattoo, and lots of nudity. I didn’t think it was that interesting because the pictures all seemed to be made just to shock, like so many Dutch artists seem to be doing. But somehow I found his website and was pleasantly surprised: the shock factor has gone, his photographes are less “in your face” and have a certain tragic, mysterious atmosphere. I think they look fantastic.
More info on www.erwinolaf.com