I'm a photographer & director based in Brooklyn, NY.
My experiences growing up in Flint, Michigan, endlessly drawing as a kid, playing in bands, discovering punk music and cinema, my reckless teenage years, being turned on to great fiction, stumbling into self-taught filmmaking with friends, my growing excitement about the idea of what photography could be as I hit the college years, my interests in psychology and the mystery of childhood experience with all its attendant wonder and fears--these are some of the things that formed me. The lives and the landscape of the Midwest still find their way into my work.
My 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, W, New York Magazine, Marie Claire, and Men's Journal, among others. Commercially, I've 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, Turner, Fox, Syfy, Discovery Channel; and record labels, among them Roc Nation, Universal Island Def Jam, Atlantic Records, Sony Music, and Warner Bros Records.
I currently serve as a 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.
I love hearing from young artists and mentoring when I can; I have guest lectured in NYC at the School of Visual Arts & Cooper Union.
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.
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'
Exhibitions / Screenings / Artist Lectures
2017 'Creating A World' Lecture. Dallas Society of Visual Communications. Angelika Theater, Dallas, TX.
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.
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