Olaf Heine was born in Hannover. He was studying architecture when some friends persuaded him to photograph their record sleeve. The album launched the band Terry Hoax and sparked a new obsession for Olaf. Soon after, he moved to Berlin to study photography at the renown Berlin Lette Verein. While enrolled, he continued his artistic collaborations with musicians and artists.
Since then, he has shot countless editorials, album packages and advertising campaigns. He has also branched out as an director of commercials and music videos. As a photographer, Olaf has published two books with Hatje Cantz Publishers and has had numerous solo and group shows, including exhibits at Camera Work Berlin, the Folkwang Museum in Essen, the Noorderlicht Museum in Groningen and the Icon Gallery in Los Angeles.
"It takes a rare photographer like Olaf to get behind that mask, to reveal the vulnerable soul behind. I do not wish to give myself easily to the eye of a camera unless the person holding it is at risk too." - Sting
"Olaf is blessed with a clear and inescapable German eye. You better run, or fight back." - Iggy pop