Eric Goldstein began his career as a teenager, sweeping floors, setting up lights and processing film in a small dark room for the renowned civil rights photographer James ”Spider’ Martin. Throughout his high school years, Eric worked as an assistant photographer to Martin whose work appeared in national publications such as Life, Time and Look magazines and today is on permanent display at the Civil Rights Museum in Birmingham Alabama. Spider Martin was very influential in establishing a life long creative pursuit for Eric.
Eric honed his skills as a fine artist at Rhode Island School of Design. While in school, Eric‘s metal sculpture, Garden Rocks, was chosen in a jury-selected show to exhibit at the Rhode Island Museum of Art. He also had a one-man show of his photography entitled the Duality of Light. In his senior year, Eric was asked to be the cinematographer on a grad student’s film. Inspired by the success of this project Eric set out to Los Angeles to earn a degree in Film and Video from the California Institute of the Arts.
Now based in Vancouver BC, Eric has had a long and productive career as a cinematographer and a fine artist. Eric has photographed over 30 features and televised movies of the week. His work has garnered several awards: An Eastman Kodak Cinematography Award for his contribution to the Oscar nominated short, Contact starring Brad Pitt, a Best Cinematography nomination at the BC’s Leo Awards for Zero Sum, and a Best Cinematography Award for How’s My Driving, at the International High Definition Festival and recently received a Gemini nomination for The Last Days of The Raven. Eric’s distinct style has been aptly termed “lustrous naturalism”.
Throughout his filmmaking career Eric has remained contemporary in the language of art with his metal sculpture, painting, furniture design and artistic fences. Presently, he is using various coloured threads, acrylic paint, metal foils and plaster to build canvases that are graphically influenced, and have strong, architectural rhythms.