The public can say goodbye to photographer Erwin Olaf, who died Wednesday afternoon in Amsterdam. In the Westerkerk area in the city centre, everyone has the opportunity to pay their last respects from 12pm to 3pm.
A private farewell will be held for his loved ones on Wednesday. No further announcements will be made about this meeting.
Olaf died unexpectedly at the age of 64 due to complications following a lung transplant. The photographer achieved global success with his work, which he said celebrates “diversity in all its forms.” Through his work, he often wanted to provide a platform to marginalized groups in society.
Olaf’s photographs were characterized by a provocative style with a lot of nudity, which was initially seen as provocative. Later the photographer mainly gained recognition for his work.
The photographer had a special relationship with the Dutch royal family. In 2013, Olaf designed the new Dutch euro coins with King Willem-Alexander, which was inaugurated that year. Four years later, he also made official portraits of the royal family.
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“Unable to type with boxing gloves on. Freelance organizer. Avid analyst. Friendly troublemaker. Bacon junkie.”