Without a Face: Erik Madigan Heck Shoots Fall’s Most Entrancing Backs

Photo: Erik Madigan Heck

For the latest edition of Out of the BoxErik Madigan Heck created a series of photographs titled “Without a Face,” focusing on the back of the garments, erasing the face, and offering a different perspective on the standard fashion shoot.

“So much of what we see today is concerned with the face — with celebrity, with the politics of a person and their endorsement,” Heck told the Cut. “I wanted to refocus our attention on the most basic elements of what I believe fashion and art are truly concerned with — color, form, texture, and seeing into a space beyond ourselves. For me, fashion is merely another mode to understand our relationship with beauty’s transcendent qualities.”

The fourteen images he created for the Cut are accompanied by a short film that showcases the relationship between the artist’s own work and his personal connection to the history of painting. The film is directed by John Carlucci and was produced in association with B2Pro and Nomenus Quarterly.

Studio Manager: Varun Kataria; Producer: Emily Shornick; Photo Assistant: Xi Sinsong; Video: John Carlucci; Video Producer: Brent Langton; Stylist: Rebecca Ramsey; Set Designer: Andrea Huelse; Makeup Artist: Deanna Melluso; Hair Stylist: Yoichi Tomizawa; Casting Director: Alina Zakaite; Model: Ella Verberne.

Without a Face: Behind Fall’s Entrancing Looks