Robert Erdmann will discuss his journey from fashion to celebrity photography; his parallel journey from the cool magazine world into mass-market publications; fighting back with limited success; working with models that became celebrities including Naomi Campbell, Amber Valletta and Heidi Klum; and rising to the occasion with the likes of Nastassja Kinski, Kylie Minogue, Anjelica Huston, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé.
Erdmann received a degree in History of Photography from Princeton University and studied photography under Emmet Gowin and Mark Cohen. He then moved to New York and began to assist fashion photographers including a few privileged days with Helmut Newton. After working as an editor at various Italian fashion magazines, he moved to London to start his career as a photographer for The Face, i-D and British Vogue. He then moved to Paris, where he worked for French Elle and French Vogue, as well as numerous other European magazines.
Opting to reside in Los Angeles rather than New York, he transitioned from fashion photography to celebrity photography as he continued his work with Condé Nast and Time Warner.