The State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, Halbe Zijlstra, presented this year’s Johannes Vermeer Award to photographer Erwin Olaf. The jury selected Olaf because of the high quality of his entire oeuvre.

The prize jury commended Erwin Olaf for his extensive and unique work and his ability to constantly strike out in new directions - qualities that the jury felt are apparent in both his personal and his commercial work. It stated that Olaf is “the author of an oeuvre that exudes passion for the profession, is exceptionally rich in its pictorial quality, and remains agile in its development.”

Erwin Olaf foto © Erwin Olaf

Erwin Olaf, I am (self portrait from the series I wish, I am, I will be, 2009)