Holger Eckstein

Airfield, 2011

photo © SAM / Alexandra Pauli

Born in Cologne Germany, Holger Eckstein became interested in photography in his youth and studied visual communications, photography and film at the University in Bielefeld. After graduating he opened his first studio in Dusseldorf and began to establish himself in the worlds of fashion and advertising. Today Eckstein is a true citizen of the world. With a notable degree of success with key fashion and retail brands around the globe, he is in near constant demand and regularly shoots throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. His client list features an array of the most celebrated names in the world, including L’Oreal, Laura Biagiotti, Anne Klein, Avon, Moet Chandon, Porsche, Saks Fifth Avenue, Chrysler, Cinzano, Mercedes Benz, Elle, Amica, Cosmopolitan, Hugo Boss, Paul Stuart and many others. He has photographed models and celebrities such as Carla Bruni, Ines Sastre, Christy Turlington, Karolina Kurkova and Academy Award winning actress Charlize Theron.

Eckstein balances his commercial work with his fine art photography. In 2011 he was honored with a private exhibition at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art in Tampa, Florida.

“In my photographs, I try to make each image appear to be a natural coincidence – even though each one is planned and styled to the last detail. The light, shadow, angles, positions and people are all carefully chosen and arranged. When the viewer feels that the moment that has been captured is real, then I have been successful. All my images are visceral, created more from my gut than in my head.”

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