Erik Madigan Heck: Photographs, films, paintings, and books.
A selection of works from 2006 - 2016.
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.
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.
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.
To accompany the release of the latest Star Wars film, The Guardian commissioned a series of portraits of Lupita Nyong'o, the Kenyan-Mexican actress, for their supplimental weekend magazine in London. The images are stylized with subtle 1980's pop influences, and a hyper-colorful primary palette.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.