ERIC VAN DEN BRULLE   DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY | DIRECTOR

Eric’s cinematic work began in 1999 and has been called “breathtaking,” “exquisite,” and “beautiful” in reviews by Variety and most notably by The Village Voice film critic Amy Taubin. In 2010 Eric spent a week chronicling, in video, the week long lead up and opening event for Takashi Murakami’s Brooklyn Museum of Art retrospective exhibition.  The guest list included Kanye West, Julian Schnabel, Marc Jacobs and many others. In 2006, Eric completed work as cinematographer, co-writer and associate producer on the independent feature film “Big River.” The film was an official selection of the 2006 Pusan and Berlin International Film Festivals and was distributed in Europe by Celluloid Dreams and in Tokyo by Office Kitano. The film was also screened here in the U.S. at The Brooklyn Academy of Music. Eric’s other indie film credits include the 2002 release of “Echoes,” directed by Atsushi Funahashi, the 2003 release of “God in the Machine,” directed by Kathleen Harty, and the 2005 documentary, “Threads,” directed by Laurie Chock. As camera operator, Eric also worked with acclaimed director Michael Moore on “The Slacker Uprising.” In 2002, Eric’s distinctive style and artistry caught the attention of The Museum of Modern Art who hired him to shoot and direct a 60-second TV spot promoting the museum’s temporary relocation to Queens, NY.

In 1993, Eric traveled as a photographer on a pilgrimage to Tibet and China with singer/songwriter James Taylor. The experience allowed Eric to produce a substantial body of documentary photography that focused on both the Tibetan and Chinese cultures. The work was cited as some of the best work of the year by Communication Arts and American Photography. Eric was invited to exhibit 30 of his images in a one-man show at The National Arts Club in New York City.

Eric has done many personal photographic documentary projects around the world: Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba, Jordan, Italy, France, England, Australia and Japan, are just a few countries he has visited. He continues his commercial and editorial photographic career for a client list that includes ForbesLife Magazine, Michael Kors, MoMA, Frank Stella and Lincoln Center. Eric’s work continues to gain honors in such prestigious publications as Communication Arts, American Photography and Graphis Photography Annual.

In 1988 Eric moved to New York City to work as a photo-assistant for Rolling Stone/Vanity Fair celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. During that time Annie was involved in shooting the American Ballet Theater’s 50-year anniversary book, designed by Lloyd Ziff, as well as The Gap portraits and the fabled American Express Portraits Campaign. After moving on from Annie Leibovitz’s studio, Eric worked as a freelance commercial and editorial photographer for clients that included Estée Lauder, NBC, Liz Claiborne, Forbes, as well as numerous newspapers and magazines.