Brooklyn-based photographer & director Eric Ogden’s experiences growing up in Flint, Michigan—endlessly drawing as a kid, playing in bands, discovering punk music and cinema, the reckless teenage years, being turned on to great fiction, stumbling into self-taught filmmaking with friends, his growing excitement about the idea of what photography could be as he hit the college years, his interests in psychology and the mystery of childhood experience with all its attendant wonder and fears—were formative. Even now, the lives and the landscape of the Midwest still find their way into his work.
His photographs have appeared in Wired, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, The New Yorker, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Fast Company, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, People, The Smithsonian, ESPN, Marie Claire, and Men's Journal, among others. Commercially, he’s collaborated with brands & agencies such as Puma, Amazon, Nissan, Dick's Sporting Goods, Asics, Nike, Sotheby's, Maker's Mark, Sean John, Anomaly, Ogilvy, Saatchi & Saatchi, Vitro and TBWA/Chiat/Day, television networks & movie studios including Showtime, Lionsgate, AMC, NBC, USA, A&E, The Discovery Channel; and record labels, among them Roc Nation, Universal Island Def Jam, Atlantic Records, Sony Music, and Warner Bros Records.
Ogden has written and directed several short films, including The Call, which stars Anna Kendrick, and Nocturne, a dystopian vision of America made entirely from found footage, which premiered at the Cinequest FIlm & VR Festival. His latest film MOTEL is currently being submitted to film festivals.
He serves as photography advisor to the anti-hate news site 500 Pens, a coalition of writers and photographers who believe in the power of stories to help us learn from and better understand one another and to serve as a reminder that there is more that unites us than divides us. 500 Pens news coverage features innovative social justice, activism and advocacy efforts; highlights valuable contributions by members of marginalized groups; explores the impact hate crimes and bias-related incidents have on people and communities; and profiles those who attempt to heal, unite and stand up for others.
Ogden enjoys hearing from young artists and mentoring when he can; he has guest lectured in NYC at the School of Visual Arts & Cooper Union.
Publications, awards, exhibitions, lectures & screenings
2018 'Hidden Narratives' A portfolio published in Aesthetica Magazine, February, 2018.
2017 'Eric Ogden's Nocturne of Fear' Motion Arts Pro, American Photography/American Illustration, May, 2017
2016 'From the Desk Of: Eric Ogden', Paper Chase Press blog feature, September, 2016.
2016 'Photo of the Day' Don't Take Pictures. April, 2016.
2016 'Visitors: Essay 033' A portfolio published in The Photographic Journal. March, 2016.
2016 'Photographer Profile: Eric Ogden' AI-AP profiles. American Photography/American Illustration, March, 2016.
2016 'Covert Presence' A portfolio published in Aesthetica Magazine, Feb/March, 2016.
2014 'About That Photo of the Reformicons' The 6th Floor: Blog of the NY Times Magazine. July, 2014.
2013 The F Stop Blog Interview, July 2013.
2012 'Making A Great Environmental Portrait' Photo District News: The Portrait Issue. February, 2012.
2011 'Cinematic Portraitist Eric Ogden' LookBooks, April 18, 2011.
2010 'On and Off the Walls: Eric Ogden's Visions' The New Yorker: Photo Booth. April 9, 2010.
2010 'The Magic of Suburbia' Zink Magazine, April.
2010 'Eric Ogden ou les chimeres de l'enfance' French PHOTO Magazine, April.
2006 'The Cinematic Lighting of Eric Ogden' Photo District News: Lighting Masters series, Nov. issue.
2006 'The Best Photography on the Web' American Photo, May / June. Cover story.
2006 'Hot Shots: Persistance pays off for freelance photographer from Flint' The Flint Journal, April.
2005 '30 Emerging Photographers to Watch' Photo District News, March.
2014 The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas. Aperture. Edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern. June, 2014.
2009 American Character: A Photographic Journey. 'Michigan Music'. Chronicle Books. Foreward by Tom Brokaw.
2019 Best Editing, Grand Prize for MOTEL. Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival.
2017 American Photography Annual 33
2015 American Photography Annual 31
2014 International Motion Art Awards 3 - for short film "The Call" starring Anna Kendrick
2012 FWA Site of the Day & Adobe The Cutting Edge Project of the Week "Get Winter Ready" interactive site
2010 American Photography Annual 27
2008 American Photography Annual 24
2008 Society of Publication Designers Award: Feature/Photography
2007 American Photography Annual 23
2005 Photo District News '30 Emerging Photographers to Watch'1x
Exhibitions / Screenings / Artist Lectures
2019 ‘Motel’ Screening. Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival. Providence, RI.
2017 'Nocturne' Screening. Cinequest FIlm & VR Festival. San Jose, CA.
2015 'Sillage' Private Installation & Screenings. International Flavors & Fragrances headquarters, NYC.
2014 'The Call' Screening. International Motion Art Awards. New York City, NY.
2017 'Creating A World' Lecture. Dallas Society of Visual Communications. Angelika Theater, Dallas, TX.
2016 'I Dream A Highway', Droga5, New York City, NY
2010 'A Half-Remembered Season', Hous Projects LA, West Hollywood, CA
2010 'A Half-Remembered Season', Hous Projects Gallery, New York City, NY
2015 'Aperture Foundation Benefit Auction' (honoring Nan Goldin), Hammerstein Ballroom, NY
2015 'Down & Dirty', Photoville, Brooklyn, NY
2014 'Aperture Foundation Benefit Auction' (honoring Robert Frank), New York City, NY
2013 'Aperture Foundation Benefit Auction' (curated by Kathy Ryan), New York City, NY
2011 'Visions on Film', 5th Triennale der Photographie Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
2010 'VERSUS', Hous Projects Gallery, New York City, NY
2009 'Character Project', Stephan Weiss Studio, New York City, NY
2009 'Character Project', Edison Place Gallery (PEPCO), Washington, DC
2009 'Character Project', Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2009 'Character Project', Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009 'Character Project', Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis, MO
2009 'Character Project', Chronicle Books Headquarters, San Francisco, CA
2009 'Character Project', ACE Gallery Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA
2006 'Dreams, Fears, Desires', Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
2004 'Art & Commerce Festival of Emerging Photographers', NY, NY