Eric Goldstein began his career as a teenager, sweeping floors, setting up lights and processing film for the renowned civil rights photographer James ”Spider’ Martin. Throughout his high school years, Eric worked as an assistant 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 lifelong creative pursuit for Eric.
Eric Goldstein has been working with cameras ever since. After graduating with a degree in film from the California Institute of the Arts he moved to Los Angels. It took a long time to get started in the industry but driven and determined, he volunteered on camera crews for nearly two years before he landed a union job as a focus puller. He worked as a 1St assistant for 6 years and a camera operator for 4 years before becoming a full-time DOP. In LA he photographed shorts, independent features, as well as features for the HBO original series. Eric has also contributed to numerous big union pictures as the second unit DP. He came to British Columbia on union permit in 2001 and fell in love with Vancouver. In 2003 he moved his family here.
His work has been recognized and has won several prestigious awards. That list includes a George Eastman Award for excellence in Cinematography, a Leo Award for Best Cinematography, (along with several nominations,) The High Def Award from the L.A international short film festival, and A Gemini nomination. His contributions to Award-winning films include an Academy Award Nomination for “Contact”, and a Golden Scroll Award for Final Approach,
Eric has photographed an impressive list of talent that includes Brad Pit, Jim Carrey, Rene Zellweger, Treat Williams, Dana Delany, Kiefer Sutherland, Rebecca DeMorney, Ed Norton, Val Kilmer.l
Some of Mr. Goldstein's highlighted credits behind the camera includes Bryan Singer’s, The Usual Suspects, Ivan Reitman’s /Todd Phillips Road Trip, The Farrelly Brothers’ Me, Myself, and Irene, West Craven’s Nightmare on Elm St. 7, Tony Kaye’s American History X, John Frankenheimer’s The Island of Dr. Moreau, Steven Spielberg’s Arachnophobia, Barry Sonnenfeld’s The Addams Family, and the Oscar nominated short film, Contact, starring Brad Pitt and Elias Koteas, for which he won the Eastman Kodak Cinematography Award. He has also photographed over 20 televised movies of the week. Mr. Goldstein's distinct style has been aptly termed "Romantic Naturalism".