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ERIK MADIGAN HECK

  • OCCUPATION

    Photographer, Filmmaker, Art Director

  • HOMETOWN

    Excelsior, MN (outside of Minneapolis)

  • CURRENT RESIDENCE

    New York, NY

Erik Madigan Heck is a New York-based photographer who has worked with some of the most exclusive names in fashion, including Ann Demeulemeester and Valentino. In 2010, Belgian designer Haider Ackermann commissioned him to photograph his first men's collection, and Giambattista Valli once personally requested that Erik photograph 30 pages of fashion for A Magazine, for which Erik serves as the U.S. correspondent.

 

In 2007, Erik created Nomenus Quarterly, a high-end cultural magazine that has featured artists and designers such as Dries Van Noten, Helmut Lang, Elizabeth Peyton, and Jean Paul Gaultier, and has made Erik something of a fashion star in his own right. His work can be viewed here.

What would the title of your autobiography be?
“He Liked His Eggs Runny”

What can’t you travel without?
My 35mm camera my mom gave me.

What is your favorite travel destination?
Anywhere out west snowboarding. Snowbird, Utah, Sun Valley, Idaho, or Jackson Hole, Wyoming, or most recently, Telluride, Colorado.

If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be?
Al Pacino.

What or who has inspired you recently and why?
Édouard Vuillard, the French painter – his work continues to inspire and awe me every time I look at it. The volume of work he created in his lifetime are astounding, and some of his tiny little paintings are still so complex, even in 10 brush strokes.