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Mixing photojournalism with studio photography, Olaf emerged on the international art scene in 1988, when his series Chessmen was awarded the first prize in the Young European Photographer competition. Deliberately disturbing and intended to raise awareness, Olaf committed himself in his earlier work on the subject of social exclusion in which he explored issues of class, race, sexual taste, beliefs, habits and grace. In his recent series Olaf challenges the notion of domestic bliss, as well as the repression behind culture despite its beautiful appearance. Recently he has been awarded with the Johannes Vermeer Price in recognition to his career.