The New York and Monaco based photographer Holger Eckstein shows photographs of his work from the last years in the Gallery "Maison d'Art" in Monaco from 18th September to 26th October 2012.
What is special about the exhibition is that it is not placed under a particular motto, but rather shows artistic exhibits created by Holger's travels on one side and photographs of celebrities, such as Carla Bruni, Charlize Theron and many more, on the other side.
Of particular interest is a series that started in Monaco. An artistic interpretation of the Formula 1 Race, the Historic Car Race, Classic Sailboats and the Tour de France.
The exhibition entitled "Point of View" is a conscious choice of Holger. For him, there is often only one perfect location from which he creates his photo. Holger always has a very clear idea of interpretation. Such "Point of View" is always situated between reality and fantasy.
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, where, in something of a fait accompli, his future path as a professional photographer became evident, when, as a student, he was honored with one prestigious prize after another .
After graduating he opened his first studio in Düsseldorf and began to establish himself in the worlds of fashion and advertising. Today Holger 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, regularly shooting across the European continent, in America and throughout the Far East. To facilitate his intense travel schedule, he maintains residences in Germany, Monaco, and New York.
His client list features an array of the most celebrated names in the industry, including L’Oreal, Laura Biagiotti, Anne Klein, Avon, Moet Chandon, Porsche, Saks Fifth Avenue, Chrysler, Cinzano, Mercedes, Elle, Amica, Cosmopolitan, Hugo Boss and Paul Stuart and lots more. He has photographed such models and celebrities as Carla Bruni, Ines Sastre, Christy Turlington, Karolina Kurkova and Academy Award winning actress Charlize Theron.
Holger balances the more commercial aspects of his work with his passion for fine art photography. In 2011 he was honored with a private exhibition at the prestigious Modern Museum 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.” (Holger Eckstein)