Eryk Fitkau

Eryk Fitkau died earlier this year, aged only in his late fifties. He was one of the leading commercial photographers in this country and you would recognize some of his work from billboards and magazines. I always thought he was one of the few commercial photographers who had a distinctive style. He was doing arty handcoloured black & white photographs for big league clients when the norm was slick, glossy colour. He stood out.

The wonderful picture above is from a campaign for Jeans West Urban Sprawl although he is better known for his hard-edged fashion and beauty work which has a tough, Eastern European quality, unknown in Australia before him. See his site here.