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Eric Slomanson’s evolution as a photographer was natural and predestined. He was born and raised in New York to creative parents — his mother a writer, and his father an architect — so they naturally encouraged his artistic endeavors. Eric’s first camera was a Rolleiflex, which he used at a summer camp where he spent as much time in the darkroom as he did in the sunshine.
His first inspiration to become a photographer was his father’s slides of European vacations. Every October, Eric couldn’t wait for his parents to come home to see his father’s cinematic magic as light pierced darkness from a Kodak Carousel slide tray across the living room onto a white screen. He can still hear the sound of each slide dropping as the tray moved forward: poetry of which Don Draper waxed.
In college, Eric double-majored in anthropology and film before he knew he wanted to become a professional photographer. If you distill those subjects into a demi-glace, it encapsulates his desire to deeply observe people and express himself visually.
For over 30 years, Eric honed his skills capturing peak moments and emotions while telling stories for national and international newspapers, magazines and wire services. He is a contract photographer for Zuma Press. Eric also specializes in corporate events, trade show photography, portraiture, weddings, marketing and lifestyle photography.