Eric Ogden - director.
Photographer Eric Ogden has seen his work published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Wired, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, People, Smithsonian, and the Atlantic, among many other publications. Commercially, his work has been featured in the marketing of television networks such as Showtime, AMC, NBC, USA, A&E, Discovery Channel, among others. His fine art photography has been exhibited internationally. His obsession with images started when he was a kid, with his first love: cinema. Growing up in Flint, Michigan, Ogden and his friends made improvised and semi-scripted VHS movies, doing their own reckless stunts and learning valuable craft in the messy process. Later, in college, he made an ambitious medieval period piece, the 16mm film The Tower, that won Best Student Film at the University of Michigan. After moving to New York City, Ogden cast a then-unknown teenager named Chris Evans in his short film Paper Boy, which he later sold to IFC / Bravo. Chris went on to become Captain America, while Ogden moved into photography to pay the bills, eventually building a career. Photography allowed Ogden a door into working with world class actors such as Helen Mirren, Tilda Swinton, Robert De Niro, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Bacon, Glenn Close, Gabourey Sidibe, and Melissa Leo, among many others. At the same time, shooting journalistic stories honed his narrative skills, covering stories as wide ranging as missing Native women on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, the adult daughter of a convicted serial killer coming to grips with her past, Election Day in Flint, Michigan, The Women’s March, and many true crime stories.
In the past few years, Ogden has returned to filmmaking; writing and directing his own shorts. Ogden’s short film The Call, which stars Anna Kendrick, was awarded American Photography’s AI-AP Motion Art Award in 2014. His latest short, Nocturne, a dystopian vision of America made entirely from found footage, screened at the Cinequest FIlm & VR Festival in 2017.
Growing up in Flint, Michigan, Eric made epic VHS camcorder movies with his friends.