Florals, fruit motifs, and Technicolor prints are not the first ideas that come to mind for fall fashion, but this season is full of vibrant patterns that recall warmer times. The Cut enlisted contributing fashion photographer Erik Madigan Heck to capture some of autumn’s most captivating looks. The result are these lustrous images highlighting fall’s colorful prints. From Balenciaga’s whimsical florals to Marni’s rich velvet jacquard and Prada’s wearable still-life silk skirt, Heck focuses on the details of each garment, set against beautiful backdrops, letting the colors and textures come to life.
For the 2016 Olympics issue, the New York Times Magazine commissioned Erik to create an intimate portfolio of current Olympians, with the past Olympians who inspired them as a series of double portraits. The body of work accompanies the cover story on Katie Ledecky- the favoured American swimmer.
For Jorya's Autumn - Winter advertising campaign Erik photographed his long time collaborator Guinevere Van Seenus in a graphic and colorful manner, relying on his signature blues and reds to cut across the canvas.
For the August 2016 issue of Harper's Bazaar UK, Heck has created a 50-page portfolio with two limited edition covers, showcasing fashion's best designers for the Autumn - Winter season. The portfolio is styled by Leith Clark and photographed at Spring Studios, London.
For one of TIME Magazine's last covers of 2015, the publication commissioned a series of portraits of the iconic singer and pop-mogul Adele. Both chromogenic, as well as silver gelatin prints were made, showcasing Adele in a rare colourful light, as well as in stark Avedonesque grey-tones.
For the 15th issue of 'A Magazine Curated By', Thom Browne curated an entirely black-and-white issue exploring the theme of death. As a personal contribution Heck composed a series of photographs of his wife reinacting the paintings of Casper David Freidrich, across The Isle of Skye in Scotland. Here the photographs are shown in their original colour state.
To showcase Aganovich's Spring-Summer 2016 collection, Erik commissioned his mother Shelly Madigan to create a series of live action paintings while he photographed Hari Nef- the transgender model and activist. The portfolio captures Hari portraying Tiresias, the Greek soothsayer who was praised as a priestess before eventually reverting back to a man.
This landscape series was composed through layering aerial photographs ontop of each other that were originally captured from a prop-plane above the Middlefork, on the Salmon River. The images recall Degas' watercolour studies and further Heck's continued interest in plein-air landscape painting by way of photography.
From January 2014, Heck has been collaborating with Harper's Bazaar UK on creating limited edition covers for the magazine sold exclusively at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, as well as for their subscribers. Here is an assortment of the collectible covers from the past two years.
Nicki Minaj photographed for the cover of The New York Times Magazine. In a very graphic and minimally arranged set-up, Nicki is photographed, and transformed through 20 layers of color-screens to illustrate an essay on the 'transformation of the self'. Released in print on Sunday, October 11th, 2015.
In reference to the early Impressionist photographers of the late 1800's and early 1900's, Heck creates a series of soft images where the model is sandwiched between sheets of glass and veils of sheer fabrics.
Saoirse Ronan graces the cover of New York Magazine's Spring Fashion issue, with a series of ethereal and bright fashion sketches that showcase some of the season's most beautiful looks. The feature accompanies Saoirse's film 'Brooklyn' and is styled by Rebecca Ramsey.
Kylie Jenner transforms into a plastic doll for the cover of Paper Magazine, allowing for a sense of humor to be placed on her public persona. Styled by Rushka Bergman, the young reality tv star loosely takes the shape of different American pop icons in this series of portraits.
The 2015 culture portfolio created for TIME magazine's 'Person of the Year' issue. The collection of graphic images includes the musicians Kendrick Lamar and Carly Rae Jepsen, author Neil Stephenson, actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Taraji P. Henson, Blythe Danner, and Rami Malek, and the cast of Hamilton.
For the Spring-Summer 2016 Collections portfolio, Harper's Bazaar UK commissioned a series of loose studio portraits that evolve in a more naturalistic manner from the previous three portfolios. The images feel less controlled and stylized, leaving the focus on the light, clothing, and movement.
To illustrate Junya Watanabe's Fall - Winter 2015 collection, New York Magazine commissioned a series of flattened portraits. The images blur the line between photography and handmade paper cut-outs, helping to distance the designer's creations further from the three dimensional reality they aim to reject.
For Thom Browne's Fall - Winter 2015 collection, 80 inverted carbon prints were produced in a brilliant tonal range. The inverted images take on the appearance of pencil drawings, as the process focuses a microscopic lens on the delicate lace fabrication of the collection.