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At sixty, photographer Erwin Olaf takes stock of a life of hard work. Countless questions emerge. Is his work valuable, and will it still be in the future? Has he mattered?
A decade after Erwin Olaf, on Beauty and Fall, Michiel van Erp has again made a documentary about photographer Erwin Olaf. With a double exhibition in The Hague and one at the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum, Olaf (60) is urgently tackling his legacy. This raises several questions: what has been the significance of his career, what is the value of his work, has his artistry - and thus his life – been useful? Meanwhile, he seems more fragile than ever before: he is suffering from progressive pulmonary emphysema and uses his energy sparingly.