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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Eric Weeks

Dates:  1965, 16 June -
Born:  US, NJ, Summit
Active:  US
American contemporary photographer. 
Artist statement: 

world was in the face... of the beloved

I have been photographing my wife Stacy, whom I married three years ago this coming fall. My relationship with her is the closest, kindest and most successful of my life. My pictures of her are a celebration of this accomplishment.
Trust is the starting point of this work, which manifests as warmth, familiarity and playfulness. In many ways the series is collaboration. The portraits bear the stamp of Stacy's mannerisms and style. There is a degree of partnership in any collaboration between a sitter and portraitist, but ours is a constant one that continues to be honed even when we are not making pictures.
Role-playing exists in many of the images. Some of the roles are fanciful and fun, while others are darker and more psychologically fraught. With some photographs there are straightforward connections and tenderness through eye contact, while others harken back to earlier eras.
"My previous work has involved contemplation and exploration into the nature of human relationships. In past series I have examined the connection to family, looked at the bond between couples, addressed the idea of masculinity in a portrait series of men, and more recently combined photographs of seemingly disparate subjects to suggest metaphysical and sexual interactions. The images of my wife continue this investigation.
References to some of the great examples of earlier photographic spousal collaborations, as well as important portraiture, abound in this series. The work of Eleanor and Harry Callahan, Georgia O'Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz, Olga and Baron de Meyer, Walker Evans and William Eggleston stand out as influential and inspiring.
I am challenged by the many possibilities of making portraits of my wife over a long period of time. How will they change as we move forward and age together? My photographs of Stacy are in many ways only in their beginning stages, as is our marriage. I am excited by the promise and potential of both our life together and the ensuing photographs we will make."
"Should one of us, after much happiness, have to follow the
eternal laws of nature - those everyone on earth has to follow -
we shall not have lived in vain, for during the short space of
time we might still have to linger on, we will have gathered
what will be almost as precious as life together - memories."

- Baron Adolph de Meyer
Eric Weeks (2006) – Used with permission

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Eric Weeks

Eric Weeks is a fine art photographer. His recent work includes a portrait series of his wife and a series of nature studies. Weeks received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1987 and a MFA from Yale University in 1994. His solo exhibitions include Jackson Fine Art, Nikolai Fine Art, The American University in Cairo, and the Schneider Gallery. His group exhibitions include The Art Institute of Chicago, Apex Art, Yancey Richardson Gallery, Lawrence Miller Gallery and Howard Greenberg Gallery. His photographs are represented in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, Sir Elton John Collection along with numerous private collections. His editorial clients include Newsweek, Details, Discover, Fortune, Inc. and New York Magazine. Eric currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts and Hunter College.
© Eric Weeks (2006) - Used with permission
Solo Exhibitions
2003 Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta
2003 Nikolai Fine Art, New York
2002 Nikolai Fine Art, Scope International Art Fair, New York
2001 Schneider Gallery, Chicago
1998 Schneider Gallery, Chicago
1995 Black and Greenberg Gallery, Project Room, New York
1995 Sony Gallery, The American University in Cairo
1992 Fourth Street Photo Gallery, New York
1990 Midtown Y Photography Gallery, New York
Selected Group Exhibitions
2005 Supreme Trading, today your love, tomorrow the world, Brooklyn
2005 Visual Arts Gallery, Inaugural SVA Alumni Society Auction, New York
2004 Broad Street Gallery, University of Georgia, Revisiting Portraiture: Photographers Mona Kuhn, Eric Weeks and Angela West, Society For Photographic Education Southeast Conference, Athens, Georgia
2004 Momus Gallery, (in)appropriate, Atlanta
2004 Pablo's Birthday, Art Is Not Untouchable, New York
2004 Bruno Marina Gallery, Summer Show, Brooklyn
2003 Yancey Richardson Gallery, Enchanted Evening, New York
2003 Jackson Fine Art, FLASH: Swimsuits and Sports, Atlanta
2003 Pablo's Birthday, Judgement Day, New York
2001 Nikolai Fine Art, Snakes, Snails and Puppy-Dog Tails, New York
2001 White Columns, 2001 Benefit Exhibition, New York
2000 White Columns, It's a Cruel World, New York
1999 Macy Gallery, Faculty Exhibition, Teachers' College, Columbia University, New York
1998 Apex Art, The Sound of One Hand, Collection of Collier Schorr, New York
1998 Viridian Artists, Steve's Room, New York
1997 The Art Institute of Chicago, New Faces and Other Recent Acquisitions, Chicago
1997 Lawrence Miller Gallery, New Narratives, New York
1997 Schneider Gallery, Scene of the Crime, Chicago
1997 Howard Greenberg Gallery, School of Visual Arts 50th Anniversary Alumni Show, New York
1997 Gallery at 678, Politics and Faith, New York
1994 Art and Architecture Gallery, Yale University, Yale MFA Thesis Show, New Haven
1993 Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, Photo National, University Park, Pennsylvania. Traveled to: Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania; TheArts Center at the Portsmouth Museums, Portsmouth, Virginia; Fine Arts Gallery, Lower Columbia College, Longview, Washington; NorthlightGallery, Everett, Washington
1991 Minor Injury Gallery, Love American Style, Brooklyn
1988 Visual Arts Gallery, Eric Weeks and Judith Mizrahi, New York
Grants and awards
2003 Award for Portraiture, The Society of Publication Designers, New York
2002 Distinguished Achievement Award, The Association of Educational Publishers, Logan Township, New Jersey
1995 Visiting Artist Fellowship, The American University in Cairo
1994 John Ferguson Weir Award, Yale University, New Haven
1990 Artists Grant, Artists Space, New York
1987 Rhodes Family Award, School of Visual Arts, New York
Selected collections
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris
Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris
The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
Sir Elton John Collection, Atlanta
The American University in Cairo, Cairo
Buhl Foundation, New York
Lexis/Nexis Corporation, New York
Progressive Corporation, Cleveland
Linc Corporation, Chicago
Refco Corporation, Chicago
1994 MFA, Yale University School of Art, New Haven
1987 BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York - Four-year full-tuition merit scholarship
Teaching experience
2005-pres. Hunter College / CUNY, New York
1998-pres. School of Visual Arts, New York
1998-2004 LaGuardia Community College / CUNY, Queens
2002 Yale University School of Art, New Haven
1999-2000 Teachers' College, Columbia University, New York
Editorial clients
New York Magazine
Business 2.0
Sunday Times Magazine (London)
Columbia Magazine
Northeastern Magazine  
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