Meet Eric Young, artist and photographer

For over 50 years, Eric Young has been an artist. What began in the art department of St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, culminates today in stunning photography that blends high art with pop playfulness, modern tech with an analog legacy, and everywhere grounded with a filmmaker's eye for composition. Eric dropped out of college and entered into the east coast art world, where he took a job at the newly opened Hampshire College for a semester. From there he bounced around the east coast, meeting luminaries like Chuck Close in the East Village, and eventually landing in an artist's colony in ____. Upon returning to the Twin Cities, Eric stepped off the bus and into the commercial advertising business. Mastering first lighting, then sound, and finally cinematography, Eric quickly developed a passion for shooting, and proved to have an organic talent for moving pictures. After a few years directing for legendary local agency Wilson Griak, Eric launched his own full service production group, Young & Co., in 1989. During his production career, he worked with dozens of legends of the music industry, including Aretha Franklin, the Beach Boys, B.B. King, the Four Tops, and Isaac Hayes. He also had the opportunity to work with talent from the sports world, such as Rod Carew, Arnold Palmer, Gregg Norman, Fran Tarkenton, and Dick Butkus. Eric was recognized across the industry for producing brilliant commercials, receiving numerous awards and accolades, including a gold Telly and silver ____. One of his spots, a pro-bono ad for the ______, is featured in the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection. Since semi-retiring from the biz, Eric has refocused his artistic talents towards photography. He spends many of his evening chasing the magic hour to get the perfect shot of the Minneapolis skyline.