Erik Madigan Heck

Originally from Excelsior, Minnesota, Erik Madigan Heck (*1983) is one of the youngest and most promising American fashion photographers of the contemporary art scene. In his relatively short career the artist developed a personal way of looking at fashion, as Nathalie Herschdorfer underlines in her essay "Minimal and pure: Erik Madigan Heck fashion photographs". His work is characterized by a clear and distinctive treatment of colours and patterns, which makes it unequivocal.


"Heck’s photographs push the concept to new limits, creating imagery that goes beyond traditional fashion photography. Meticulously constructed and enhanced with bright colours, blurring the line between the clothes and the background, his images play with this idea of ‘future’ silhouettes". – Nathalie Herschdorfer


In 2017 Heck published his first monograph with Thames & Hudson and Abrams Books titled 'Old Future'. In his 'Old Future' series Madigan Heck explores the intersection of photography and painting as he borrows from and bends the genres of fashion photography, landscape painting and portraiture.


Madigan Heck is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, TIME, The New Yorker, and Harper's Bazaar UK. His advertising clients include Sotheby's, Clinique, Nike, Neiman Marcus, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The New York City Ballet, The GAP, VH1, Gentle Monster, amongst others. In 2013 he became one of the youngest photographers to receive the prestigious ICP Infinity Award, and in 2015 was awarded with the Art Directors Club’s Gold Medal and the AI-IP American Photography award for his Old Masters Portfolio, published by The New York Times Magazine.


Erik Madigan Heck is based in Connecticut and New York City.

Selected solo exhibitions


2019

Erik Madigan Heck, Staley-Wise Gallery, New York, USA
Old Future, Multimedia Art Museum Moscow (MAMM), Moscow, Russia


2018
Art Imprimé: Triennale 2018, Musée des Beaux-Arts Le Locle, Le Locle, Switzerland
Photo London, Christophe Guye Galerie, London, UK 
Old Future, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
Old Future, Nicholas Metivier, Toronto, Canada
Erik Madigan Heck, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, USA


2017
Erik Madigan Heck: Old Future, Sotheby’s, New York, USA
Old Future, The Weinstein Hammons Gallery, Minneapolis, USA
Erik Madigan Heck: Old Future, Sotheby’s, London, UK



Selected group exhibitions


2019
The Photography Show 2019, Weinstein Hammons Gallery, London, UK

The Photography Show 2019, Staley-Wise Gallery, London, UK

2018
Beyond Fashion, ArtisTree, Taikoo Place, Hong Kong
FOAM Talent, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
FOAM Talent, Beaconsfield Gallery, London, UK
AIPAD, The Weinstein Hammons Gallery, New York, USA
FOAM Talent, Red Hooks Labs, New York, USA


2017
FOAM Talent, FOAM Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands


2015
Camera Work, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons School for Design, New York, USA


2014
Fashion Photography Next: Don’t Stop Now, Foam Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands



Selected publications


2017     
Old Future, Thames & Hudson


2015      
No Photos Please: Pictures Not Content, Self-published


2014      
The Absorbed Tradition, Creem
Fashion Photography Next by Magda Keany, Thames & Hudson


2011      
January to August, Self-published



Selected awards


2015    
Art Directors Club Gold Medal for ‘The Old Masters’ Portfolio, The NY Times Magazine


2013      
International Center for Photography, Infinity Award, Applied Fashion Category