Living Color with Erik Madigan Heck

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Erik Madigan Heck, winner of the prestigious 2013 ICP Infinity Award in the Applied/Fashion/Advertising photography, creates photos and films that explore the intersections among fashion, painting, and classical portraiture, a unique creative vision that he has brought to advertising and editorial clients ranging from BMW, Levi’s, and Eres to Vanity Fair, W, The New York Times, Time and The New Yorker.

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Erik is the youngest photographer in the history of Neiman Marcus to photograph their legendary “Art of Fashion” portfolio, a campaign for which he also created 3 accompanying short films. “Erik Madigan Heck’s work blurs the lines between photography and art,” Eddie Nunns, VP of Neiman Marcus brand creative, said when the campaign debuted, “and through his illustrative approach he created stunning images that differentiate this campaign from any other.”

Despite his young age—he turned 30 in 2013—Erik has collaborated with some of the fashion industry’s most exclusive designers: Ann Demeulemeester, Haider Ackermann, Comme des Garçons, Rochas, Giambattista Valli, Kenzo, Mary Katrantzou, and the Row, among others. “I have been fortunate to work with my favorite designers on a personal level,” notes Erik, who in 2012 was singled out as one of the top six “exhilarating new talents” by W and the International Center of Photography in the The Shot awards.

Born in Excelsior in 1983, to Croatian and Northern Irish parents, Erik earned his MFA in Photography and Film Related Studies in 2009 from Parsons School of Design in New York City, where he currently lives and works. He is a continuing guest lecturer in the graduate and undergraduate programs at the School of Visual Arts and is the creative director of the semiannual art journal Nomenus Quarterly.

In 2011, Erik was named to Forbes magazine’s prestigious “30 Under 30: Art & Design” list and to the PDN30 list.

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