Erik Mace is a photographer and graphic designer who examines the human experience through a broad range of work. His books and projects often germinate from specific personal memories and grow into deeper discussions of place and identity. Observations and reflections of his past are rooted in seeking greater understanding of present themes, both personal and cultural.

He is especially interested in how mixed modes of visual expression can form singular vocabularies. Much of his current work begins with the photographic medium and become richer explorations through the addition of design and typography, experimental technique, and computer-generated graphics. He has self-published numerous photobooks, including Slate, a recording of discovery, engaging the act of seeing to deepen respect for the more-than-human world. 

Erik received his BFA in Visual Communications from Washington University in St. Louis and is an alumnus of the Contemporary Photography program at the International Center of Photography in New York. He is currently on the Leadership committee of the Kinship Photography Collective.

2022 Exhibitions

Listening to the Land: With Rapture and Astonishment
The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts
Highlands, NC

This Skin I’m In
Revolve Gallery
Asheville, NC

International Center of Photography
New York, NY

Recent Books

With August Majesty and Power, 2022

As Above So Below, 2022

Slate, 2022

Forget This Immediately, 2022

Tokens, 2021

Self, 2021

Sweet and Sour Bacon Stroganoff, 2020

What Was Left, 2020


Embracing Chaos

Making a Photobook

Sequencing and Narratives