Eric Chang is a photographer and film director born in East Java, Indonesia. The son of a sculptor and a ceramic designer, he spent his early years in his parent’s workshop writing poetry, sketching with charcoals, and sculpting gypsum.
As a young boy, Eric had a passion for music and learned classical piano when he was five years old. He later became a concert pianist when he was only ten and made his first recording at the age of twelve.
As a teenager, Eric’s interest shifted back into the visual arts, but this time in fashion design. It was fashion that first led him into photography. He found his stepping-stone to pursue the medium of photography when viewing an exhibition by fellow Indonesian photographer, Indra Leonardi. One photograph in this exhibit titled “Madonna and Child” captured his imagination, and inspired him to use his dad’s old rangefinder camera.
Eric held his first solo photographic exhibition four months before he finished high school. Following high school, Eric decided to attend the Art Center College of Design to pursue his passion in photography and imaging. At Art Center he also discovered the art of cinema, while continuing to experiment in photography. While taking photography elective courses, he soon became an assistant for several of his instructors. Towards the end of his first year, he was invited by artist/photographer Stephen Berkman to be his personal assistant.
Through intense dialogues with Stephen Berkman, Eric began to discover and explore the essential connections between the arts of film and photography. With this insight, he began to distinguish his voice and vision in both worlds. He discovered that his love for photography has helped shape his films even further and conversely; films refined and informed his photographic work.
Eric has developed several bodies of works that have been made into limited edition photography books. To this date, Eric has published seven photo books, with his two latest books; The Angel’s Crest and The WET Book won Best Art Photo Book at the HP Print Awards in 2011 and 2012 (held at the Drupa in Düsseldorf, Germany) respectively.
At 22, he is the youngest finalist and nominee of the Discovery of the Year Award, which was presented at the 10th Annual Lucie Awards held at the Beverly Hilton on October 8, 2012. Towards the end of 2012, his work series “ARLENE” became Elton John’s and David Furnish’s photography collection.
Eric says: “I work in the subliminal space between the cinematic and the photographic. My art, whether cinema or photography, explores extreme opposites and strives to merge them into a single, cohesive expression. The works are darkly romantic, often evoking a sense of insecurity and danger in the observer. It’s the ambivalence, mystery and intensity inherent in the works that generates an unsettling energy that I find beautiful and challenging. I strive to create images that simultaneously represent loneliness, solitude, harmony, dissonance.
I see myself as a visual storyteller. I find a rupture in the story and freeze the unfinished storyline, distorting visual concept to create works that are intense, dramatic and mysterious.”